Central Virginia Federal Credit Union

A telephone call from the wife of the president of the aforementioned credit union started the ball rolling. I knew that they had visited my studio before, but I understood that he was not interested in my art. She had said to me that she wished that he shared her interest in my work, so they could consider buying a painting. So I was doubly surprised that he was interested in having me create a painting for his new office in Forest, Virginia.

I arranged to meet with the two of them on the first day the new building was in use. It turned out to be a very modern building with very modern fixtures and decor. He showed me around the building, then the wall where he hoped to hang my new work. We went through most of my website as he showed me what he did and didn’t like. Based upon this brief meeting, I suggested a 3’x4’ painting, although I had no idea what I might come up with. We agreed upon a price and shook hands. I asked what sort of progress he wanted to have reported back to him and whether he wanted to see the incomplete creation. He waved that off and said, “You’re the artist. Surprise me.”

This is just the sort of commission I can enjoy. I had full control over the nature of the painting and wouldn’t have to worry about someone breathing down my neck or offering suggestions. This meeting occurred shortly before Thanksgiving in 2011. I explained that with the holidays coming up I could not deliver the painting before Christmas, which I was afraid was his desire. His reaction was, “There is absolutely no rush. Let us know when it’s finished.”

My previous commissions had involved contracts and schedules. This provides a very stressful background for a creative process. This one, however, allowed me the freedom I love. As I drove away that afternoon, I had no idea what I might do. Their logo was geometric and looked hand-drawn. I suspected I would be working that into whatever I did.

I’m often asked how I get my inspiration. Unlike many (most?) other artists, I carry things in my head as I work out details. I rarely make sketches, preferring to work mentally. Within a week, while working on several other projects, I had decided a gridded arrangement of logos, each treated differently. Their logo involved only four colors, so I added a couple of others. Each one would be different, some complete as to form, but with different colors, others would be missing parts. All of this would be on a black background.

Here is their logo:
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It took about three weeks, but finally I had drawn the image and was ready to start painting. This was December 22, 2011.

Here is the canvas before I painted it:
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Here is a detail:
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Yes, the numbers represent colors.

I wasn’t able to start painting until after the First Friday event on January 6, 2012. Working six or seven days a week, I completed the painting on February 9.

Here is the painting when I finished it. It is sitting on the easel in my studio.
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Arrangements were made to deliver and install the painting on Saturday, February 11. As luck would have it, it was a very windy day. The painting nearly flew away and took me with it as I got it from the car to the building. Finally the moment had arrived and I unwrapped it, giving the new owner the first look at his new art. This is a very nerve-wracking part. But, he loved it. That is actually an understatement. He REALLY loved it. I had apparently accomplished my mission.

Here it is in its new surroundings:

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To answer the question before it is asked - I am very pleased with it and the way it fits its environment.