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portrait in stained glass,stained glass portraitureThis portrait in stained glass titled, "A Study for My Lady" has quite a story behind it. Originally commissioned by my sister-in-law in 1976, she dubbed it, "My Lady." But when it was completed, she didn't like the glass I used in the woman's face. From then on it was known as "A Study for My Lady" as my sister-in-law always swore she would one day commission the original again and wanted to retain "My Lady" as the title for her own artwork. This artwork was based on a women's fashion poster from the year 1914, and the original poster showed the entire woman dressed in the full-skirt continuation of what you see here. My not-anymore-sister-in-law was hoping to commission the full poster, and to this day, I hope she's still hoping.

But back then I was fine with her opting out as I didn't really want to part with it. I was living "on the hill" in Boulder at the time, just after having finished college, and the artwork was eventually purchased by the owner of that house, who was my roommate and landlord and eventually my friend.

After college, I lived and worked out of that house for several more years. I got to enjoy this artwork for all that time, and my friend (Ron) always considered it one of his finest possessions. Cancer took him in 2012.

For the last few decades or so, the artwork had hung in the office of another of Ron's dearest friends, and now it appears that it is rightfully bequeathed to that friend, who has also become a friend of mine in recent years.

This stained glass portrait is a marvelous artwork, if I do say so. Early in my career, I had not previously equaled this, and this actual artwork inspired me not only to improve my techniques, but to seriously consider for the first time, a life as a stained glass artist.

The glass size is only 24 by 24 inches. I can copper foil much better today than when I made this artwork in 1976, but this portrait in glass still captivates me when I occasionally see it.

I think this protrait stained glass shows the potential of this art form to accurately portray subjects in the real world, even people. The woman's facial features are unfired black paint. The wood frame looks black in this photo.

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