Painting Malcolm Baldrige's Portrait
In July I was contacted by Post University to paint a portrait of Malcolm Baldrige for the newly named Malcolm Baldrige School of Business. What an honor to paint such a fine man of such integrity.
Malcolm "Mac" Baldrige, Jr. was the 26th United States Secretary of Commerce. He was highly regarded by the world's most preeminent leaders. Congress named the annual award Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for product quality in his honor. The Baldrige Award is the only formal recognition of the performance excellence of both public and private U.S. organizations given by the President of the United States. On October 17, 1988, Baldridge was presented, posthumously, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan.
When I saw black and white the reference photo that Post University gave me to base the portrait on. I was immediately struck by the intensity of Malcolm's gaze. He looked like he could look right thru you...I was hooked...wow, this was going to be an exciting portrait to paint. Then, in doing my normal research about my subject, (before I begin to start the portrait process), I soon realized that I was not painting an ordinary individual. This man was a true leader. A man of immense values, integrity and commitment.
The world today, would be a much better place with more people like Malcolm Baldrige!
The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business, Post University
oil on linen 20 x 16
I was very pleased that Post University was so happy with my oil portrait of Malcolm Baldrige. Here is a comment by Bob Sembiante at Post University.
Susan, it looks LOVELY! If you think about it, the fact that I engaged you simply from your website is astounding. But the work you showed there was quite exceptional, and you’ve done it again. I’m sure the Baldrige family will be thrilled that you’ve taken this black and white photo and made it come to life in full color!
Many, many thanks…not only for your professionalism, but for putting so much heart into this effort. It is a joy to work with you!
Please know that your painting will be a very special part of the