This drawing was presented to President Obama by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. The President also immediately recognized the “moment” that I drew, and was blown away by the level of detail. He kept commenting on how real the drawing looked (much of the fine details aren’t visible in photos of the drawing). That’s pretty much the best reaction I could ever hope for!
Attached to the back of the frame is a letter (pic on the upper left) that includes this quote: “Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend is his wife.” – Franz Schubert
Also included is a short biography about me (with my contact info) and, most importantly, a note about the significance of this piece:
“This pencil art was create for President Barack Hussein Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to thank them for their service on behalf of all Washingtonians. While the legacy that is left in history will be remembered for the sacrifices and deeds accomplished, it is your love and commitment that will be forever remembered by those whose hearts you have touched.”
To say that I’m honored to create a piece on behalf of all Washingtonians is understatement. Since returning to art, I’ve done my best to represent our state both in-person and across the “global village” that is social media. It’s truly unbelievable to be recognized on this level, and I’m so grateful.
Since this drawing is an “official” gift from the State of Washington, it can only end up in one of two places: in the Obama’s family home or at the new Obama Presidential Library that is currently being built in Chicago.
So, if you you visit the library and don’t see my drawing then you’ll know where it is!