For the secret Santa at the office this year I drew my friend Kathy’s name. I was very excited as Kathy was one of the reasons I enjoyed my job. She has a spirit about her that makes you want to be around her and know her better. She’s funny, creative, smart and dotes on her grandbabies. I wanted to make her one of my quilted portraits as she has always been so supportive of my art. She had a horse that she treasured and I decided to try to recreate an image of Ace for her. It was kind of tricky getting her to send me a photo of him, but I made up a reason and she did. (Kathy is also very trusting) 🙂
The picture she sent was of the beautiful beast you see here. I loved all the chocolates in his coat and looked forward to recreating its highlights. This is my first horse art piece created with the use of a photo. I also made a cow portrait for my neighbor a few years back. She recognized it as her “Daisy” and I am proud to say Kathy immediately recognized Ace. She particularly liked the “life” my stitches gave to his eye.
When she first opened the gift, however, she was speechless. It is a moment I will always treasure.