While digitizing my parents slide collection we came across this one of the artist, James LaRoche, in front of his painting.
I grew up with that piece and hadn't realized it was the first artwork my parents bought.
They were so excited they had the artist over for dinner to celebrate.
I was moved that after 50+ years they remembered his name and it was still an important event for them.
Every now and then people buy work their first work from me and they’re so excited, it means a lot to them, and to me.
Those connections with people who get my work are some of the great things about being a professional artist.
I feel a bond with Mr. LaRoche and hope that 50 years from now a photo of me with someones first painting will show up
and the cycle will be repeated