© 2010 by Maurice Mattei
One of the great pleasures of being an artist is the many interesting
people you encounter while working on various projects. I occasionally
do portraits but I limit myself to individuals who both meet my exacting
creative standards and who can pay the admittedly exorbitant fees that I
charge. It was my good fortune that Ms. Abigail Rabinowitz far exceeded
both of these requirements. Daughter of Stanislaw Rabinowitz, the
principal partner in the international law firm of Rabinowitz, Shulberg,
and Rabinowitz, she had requested a portrait to be done of herself for
her sixteenth birthday. The ever-doting father contacted me and after
some preliminary discussions it was decided that she would pose in her
dance leotard, accompanied by Tor, a mentally and physically challenged
friend that she loved dearly. As the story goes, on an outing with her
family to Fredrikstad, Norway, she had spotted Tor juggling Luffa gourds
on a city street. She found him to be adorable and after some bargaining
with the little gentleman's caretaker, her father acquired him for the
ecstatic Miss Abigail. The image here is a preliminary sketch I drew in
preparation for the final painting.
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