Determined young lady
It has been a pleasure painting Willemijn from life and getting to paint her beloved Villeneuve as well. Willemijn is a very determined young lady who knew exactly what she wanted. Starting with the size of the canvas, 115cm by 75 she texted one evening and a beach scene in the background to represent the Dominican Republic. We worked on this painting for over a month, going back and forth with messages, because I really wanted
Willemijn is a passionate horse rider but unfortunately she recently lost her beloved Villeneuve at the beginning of the year. Soon after, I started painting her, and the sadness resonated.
Towards the end of the painting and after Willemijn came to our home a few times for final touches, there was a sense of pride in her expression again. I hope that is what the painting captured in the end as she stood next to her beloved friend.
Happy that they had shared an adventure together, she was part of his happiest moments and while he is now resting, she can be proud that they shared a wonderful experience together.
Willemijn, thank you for letting me capture this delicate, difficult and proud moment in your life. I enjoyed our afternoon teas and the excuse to order pastries from La Dolcerie next door. Seeing how proud your lovely mum, a good friend, Cealesta was, and the tears in her eyes every time she saw the painting. Your brother Constantine for helping us with our 3000 piece puzzle as he patiently waited for you, shouting ‘booya!’ every time he placed a piece. Happy to have shared this with your family.