This is one of the largest pen & inks on canvas I have done at about 22" x 28" image size. That's a lot of real estate to cover with .13 and .18 tips! I can't tell you how many I wore out on the rough texture of the canvas. But what a great effect the texture adds!
The Academy of the Sacred Heart (ASH) portrait was commissioned by a Louisiana family whose daughter had attended this historic school as a little girl. The school is nearly 200 years old and the oldest continuously functioning school to survive the Civil War. By the grace of God, it was actually protected and provided for by BOTH armies at various times. There has been a certified miracle that occurred there and when you sit in the chapel, whether you are a believer or not when you entered, you will be touched by the experience.
The young daughter eventually grew up, went on to college and became a teacher in Montreal. When she was ready to retire from teaching, God apparently had other plans for her. She was asked to come home and become the Headmistress for the Academy, which she accepted with great joy.
When she finally retired from that position, her two brothers commissioned me to go to LA, visit and photograph the school and produce the portrait in my unusual pen & ink on canvas style. Having seen other historic portraits I had done, at a show in Nashville, they wanted something special and unusual to donate to the school to commemorate their sister's long history with this amazing place.
There is much more to this wonderful story but hey, it will be in my book!