A dear friend of mine passed away in 2003. ¬†She was my sister’s best friend since childhood, and they were college roommates. ¬†Ashley was a talented artist. ¬†After her funeral I told her parents that I wanted to honor her with a portrait. ¬†At the time I didn’t realize how difficult painting her would be. ¬†I attempted to work on the piece many times through out the years, but was never satisfied with my results. ¬†Something always seemed off. ¬†Feeling discouraged, I would put the painting away for months at a time. ¬†However, completing it was always on my mind, and doing an excellent job was very important to me. ¬†A few months ago,¬†an event sparked a surge of memories to motivate me to finish the portrait, and with the help of my fianc√©, Marcella’s advice, I was able to create¬†a piece I am very proud of.