” Dad [Grandpa] in about 1986 in a photo Hidee took to do a pastel. He has that “holding back a smile” look.” Photograph by John D. Willard III [great-grandpa]. Photograph of John D. Willard IV [grandpa]. Description and photo edits by John D. Willard V [dad]. (c) 2013
My great-grandfather loved painting portraits. He was famous in the family for self-portraits, as well as paintings of other family members.
The great thing is that because of this we have so many pieces of his art, and we have special pieces of family history. My great-grandfather mostly used oil paints and pastels, which made for lovely textures. It is so neat to see people in the family age through their portraits.
When you see the paintings on the wall, if feels as though they are with you, through their image, as well as their art. What a wonderful gift.