Monday, July 20, 2009
Things have been really quiet here this month. I've been designing a new magazine which is about to hit the shelves. It's been a long-time dream of mine to produce such a title, and now this dream is coming true. But more on that later.
The other reason I've been so quiet is this portrait... Belinda is a long-time client of mine. She, like me, loves her animals, and her life and home revolve around their welfare and well being. I also knew exactly how she felt when she sent me a mail explaining how lost and devastated she felt after losing her beloved chestnut, Voyager. About a year later she felt she was ready to have his portrait done. It took me ages to decide what to do for her. She gave me two photos and carte blanche...
I felt that Voyager's portrait needed a special touch to reflect the bond that he shared with Belinda. I chose the butterfly as a symbol of transformation, an indication that life goes on, just as our connection to our beloved animal companions continues to exist across the boundary between this life and the next. I wanted this to be a picture of hope and freedom. I hope that I achieved that.