Whenever I complete a commission, especially when it's something that means so much to a person, I'm filled with both excitement and dread. It's an absolute to honour to paint something special for someone but at the same time I am concerned that the image in their head may differ greatly from the one in mine, plus what my hands create in the end often even differs from that initial vision.
I love creating a piece that will live somewhere for a lifetime (and hopefully beyond that) and I'd have to say that is one of the greatest pleasures of being a painter...to be able to create something very meaningful. It is quite fascinating to me that I used to feel that my work didn't have as much value because it wasn't functional and now I am grateful to create paintings that do matter a great deal.
Yesterday I ran into someone who said that my work is something he looks at every single day and it makes him feel very peaceful. What a great privilege for me.