Back in our old neighborhood there was a family that lived across the street and down just a couple of houses. The dad worked in the restaurant business. Over time, everyone grew up and Jack Gates - that is the father - opened a new place of his own. The chef in the restaurant is Jack’s youngest son, Christian. Jack’s next oldest, David, became the Maitre’D. Jack was always there working wherever needed. The restaurant became very popular. Then, Jack ran into some health problems - ultimately resulting in his death in 2013. I always liked Jack and enjoyed talking to him. Most people did. As I said, the restaurant is popular - because of the people and, of course, the food. We were in the restaurant for dinner a few weeks ago (the boys are keeping the restaurant going - as David said to me, “We were taught by the best.”) and I thought that I might like to challenge myself to making a portrait of someone other than myself - it has been a while. This is the result of that effort. I’m fairly comfortable with the outcome, considering I’m the guy that paints complex pieces of machinery in industrial settings. I also learned that the complicated industrial paintings, while difficult, are more forgiving of mistakes. The changes made in a portrait are usually less that a 1/16th of an inch and if they need to be changed again, the entire image tells you.
Medium: Acrylic paint on canvas No frame. Size: 12 inches x 24 inches Price: $NFS (This price does not include applicable sales tax or shipping)