It was easily six months later, when an e-mail arrived from him that contained one word. Out of respect for the creative process, I won’t divulge what the word was but that single word is what he wanted the painting to be about.
Long story short, it was everything I needed. The word triggered an avalanche of imagery and the elements came together in pencil drawings that he approved and ultimately to the finished painting seen below. We decided that ‘Untitled’ was the perfect name for it.
Fast forward… I stopped by his house about a year or so ago to deliver another painting to him. Once we hung his new painting in just the right place, I took a moment and walked into another room that was home to his commissioned piece. It was an intense experience, just short of misty-eyed, but definitely the Michael Landon level of ‘super-proud’ he would bust out at the end of an episode. The piece was really good, the story was authentic, the commission experiment worked beautifully.