I spent last Thursday through Sunday at the Michigan State Spartan Stampede Rodeo, tending my booth. I was there last year, and as a result of that appearance one of the Rodeo Club members commissioned this portrait of Fred, who had been her grandfather’s horse, as a Christmas present.
This year she stopped by my booth to let me know that she had given the portrait to her grandfather at Christmas, and when he saw it–he cried. Now I can’t remember anything I’ve ever done in my lifetime that made a man cry, but I have to say that it was such a reward for me to know that somebody was so moved by something I created for them that they expressed that kind of ultimate emotion. This is why I do this! I love making people happy, and I know that even though he was crying, that gentleman was very, very happy to have this memento of the horse he spent nearly 30 years with. Tears of joy, I’ll take them any time!