One of my favorite projects as an artist is to work in collaboration with a person or family to create a piece that is really special for them. Whenever we choose to work together on a creative project, the first step is deciding on the shape and size of the finished painting followed by viewing my portfolio together. This is where certain colours and imagery are selected for their stories and personal connection to their meaning. After our initial meeting I often prepare a sketch or two which I email for approval and then begin preparing the canvas. At each step along the way I like to send a photo of the work in progress, just reminding them that these are early stages and things change dramatically throughout the process. When the piece is completed we meet again. This is the most intimidating part of the process for me but also the most exciting. Nothing pleases me more than when someone becomes enthralled with a painting that has been created especially for them. And the hugs are always nice, too.