For students of classical painting, portrait artists are held in the highest regard. This is very true for me! I am captivated by a well-executed portrait and always find myself wanting to know more about the sitter. Did they lead a good life? Did they have children? Were they loved or hated? What did their voice sound like? Who were their family and friends? Are there other portraits of the sitter or their family? These questions ONLY arise when viewing an exceptional portrait, which then leads me to wonder about its creator. My goal is to continue to strive to become that painter for other viewers.