I was recently contacted by Robert J. Lynn, the Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court to paint his official portrait.....what a great honor!
I traveled to Concord New Hampshire to meet with the Chief Justice in the stately New Hampshire Supreme Court, and to discuss his portrait.
This was doubly exciting for me because my ancestors were early settlers of New Hampshire in the 1600's. My relative, the colorful, Reverend Stephen Bachiler founded (New) Hampton New Hampshire in 1638-9. http://www.hampton.lib.nh.us/hampton/biog/bachilertoc.htm
It was a delight to meet with the Chief Justice. He was warm, compassionate and engaging.
We decided that we were going to work from a sitting pose, so I took a selection of photographs of the Chief Justice in a beautiful Hitchcock Chair in front of the paneled wall and green marble fireplace in his elegant office.
After reviewing the photographs together we selected a perfect main photograph to use as the reference for the portrait. I usually work from a number of photographs for a oil portrait, but this one was a winner!
Now, my work, for the Official portrait of the Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, was ready to start.
About 7 months later I contacted the Chief Justice and presented an email image of his portrait for his review....he was delighted with the portrait! Here was his response upon seeing his portrait:
"The portrait looks
fabulous! I am very pleased – you are wonderfully talented and I thank
you so much for your work". Robert J. Lynn
The Chief Justice and his lovely and dynamic wife Dina, visited my Studio shortly thereafter to see the portrait in real time viewing...it was a very happy and exciting day!
| Robert J. Lynn, Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, oil on linen 36 x 28||Collection New Hampshire Supreme Court|
|The Chief Justice and the artist in front of his Official portrait in the Lobster Pot Studio|
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|Reference photo for the Official portrait of the Chief Justice|| || |