I am often asked about my models. Some are reluctant. Others are quite forward. One in particular , who repeatedly declined to be painted back in the day, told me 20 years later that she deeply regretted not having such a record of her former glory.

She would have hung my painting in pride of place over the mantel to show her grandkids where they came from — her luscious former self!

Another lady, hearing this story, asked if I could paint a portrait of her as she was 20 years ago. What an intriguing idea. It would to a greater extent bring psychology into play.

Whatever the artistic merits, she suggested it as a business plan.