| Posthumous Portraits
This young man was killed in an auto accident. Of all
the photos that the family had, the one that best represented
his personality and expression was not a studio or formal
photograph but a snapshot taken at the airport with his
girlfriend at his side.
See this portrait
in the gallery.
Using his knowledge and experience Tom was able
to begin with this photo and create a painting
of Brooks standing by himself outside in the sun
near a favorite fishing spot. Tom referred to
other photos to determine Brooks' hairline since
he was wearing a hat in the airport photos. Tom
painted the arm that had been blocked by Brooks
To create the background, Tom traveled to Brooks' family's
farm in Georgia. There he arrived at the idea of Brooks
standing near a stream on the property where he spent
many hours fishing with his brother. Tom invented and
adjusted the colors to create a realistic portrait of
Brooks in this outdoor setting.