There are certain people who are just meant to be together. Nothing is more obvious when you are in their presence. You can literally feel the love and admiration they have for each other just from the way they look at each other.
I had the opportunity to cross paths with a beautiful couple like this, Margaret and Lorne, about a year ago. Margaret and Lorne have been married just over ten years. Their first date was at the Lac Lehmy Casino in Gatineau, QC watching fireworks. This is how Lorne described the scene for me:
“At the time, the show ended and the crowd got up and left. As the last few were climbing up the hill to their cars someone turned around and shouted back at us, “Hey, you two. The show’s over!” and we realized that we were sitting alone in the centre of the parking lot under the umbrella, oblivious to the fact that everyone else had already left. I think it was at that precise moment I realized that I was in deep trouble!”
This painting was a 10 year wedding anniversary gift from Lorne to Margaret and I couldn’t have been more touched that he trusted me with something so special. The instructions he gave me were basically that description above: fireworks at the casino, sitting on lawn chairs, sharing an umbrella, lost in the moment.
Below is the progression of the painting. (The green line in the first one is just painting tape that I used to make a straight line for the horizon).
And the final painting that Lorne gave to Margaret for their 10 year wedding anniversary:
As an artist, there is no bigger compliment than knowing that something I created truly touched someone emotionally. After receiving this gift from her husband, Margaret made sure to let me know that she was so deeply touched that it evoked happy tears. I don’t like making anyone cry, but in this instance, I couldn’t be happier.
Margaret and Lorne, I wish you two a lifetime of love and happiness <3