Thursday, August 11, 2011


A lady in Florida recently commissioned me to do a very special piece for her, as a gift to her husband. He was graduating from the Naval Academy, and she thought an original painting would be a perfect way to celebrate his great accomplishment.

The love of their lives is their sailboat, Zephyr, so she wanted an original oil painting of their boat. She couldn’t figure out exactly what type of setting, so we decided that since they love Hawaii so much, why not put Zephyr in a tropical island setting.

It was a bit of a challenge for her to send me photos of the sailboat and communicate what she wanted without her husband finding out, but somehow everything worked out great. She is such an easy-going, likeable person, it made my job easy!

“Zephyr In The Tropics”
was finally finished.

When she presented the painting to her husband, she told me that he almost shed a tear. I was happy to hear that he loved the painting, but I am sure the emotion really came from him thinking what a wonderful wife he had, to take the time to think up such a meaningful, one-of-a-kind gift made especially for him.

“Zephyr In The Tropics” was a fun piece to work on, and having it set in a tropical paradise is what I always enjoy painting most! We personalized it just a bit more by “carving” their initials into the trunk of a palm tree. It is not noticeable right off, but as your eye wanders around the painting a bit, you finally notice that little detail that makes the painting all the more special.

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork!


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Valerie Boersma said...

Lisa, It's gorgeous-and what a thoughtful gift indeed!

Felicia Kramer said...

How sweet is that! Good job, Lisa. Miss you!!