Casual Family Portrait Painting Commission

At the request of the company, my assignment was to illustrate the historical story of how Mayor McBride of Brantford met H.F. Johnson Founder of Johnson's Wax on the train as he was passing through Brantford, Ontario and convinced him to open a Canadian Operation in Brantford in 1920.

After researching archived photos of each man, black-and-white photos of trains of that era and taking photos of the Brantford train station that still exists today, I composed this painting to commemorate the landmark moment. It was a challenge to include all the required elements, make the men look as though they were engaged in a natural conversation, create a believable perspective and unify the piece with exterior natural light and interior artificial light sources to make the painted illustration look authentic. I welcome your inquiry into the commission of conceptual portraiture as an original watercolor portrait, oil painting or acrylic painting.

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historical illustrator

Hanne Lore Koehler:

To all the outstanding contemporary artists below who took the time to visit my website and comment on my work, I am deeply touched by your generous comments and warm welcome into the international community of artists hosted by Fine Art America! Your overwhelming support and selfless promotion are heart-warming. I am honored to get to know you through your art.

Comments by other artists:

Dee Browning
Portland, OR - United States
Your work is such a delight to the eyes. Very, very well done.

Nicole Lemelin
North Hatley, Qu - Canada
Nice piece! Thank you for your comments on my piece.

Ruth Housley
Denton, TX - United States
Well done watercolor scene Hanne. Like Ruth

Donna Kennedy
Reno, NV - United States
Love Love Love!!!...fav/tweet/vote

Shirley Sirois
Edmonton, AB - Canada
This would certainly bring back special memories for a lot of people.......v.

Mahmoud FineArt
Frankfurt Am Main, He - Germany
Hanne, This is an awesome Painting with interesting history. Love the composition and the perspective. F/V

Sue Smith
Sandy, UT - United States
Your attention to detail never ceases to amaze me, Hanne!!! The inside of the car is incredible, but I also love all the folks outside!!! It all looks so natural!!! v/f/t/g+/fb

Ian Mitchell
Rhyl - United Kingdom
Always a pleasure viewing your work.....amazing......v/f !!

Susan Richardson
Apalachicola, FL - United States
No doubt about the period of this piece. Just wonderful. Amazing composition, keeping the focus on the two men and still telling a much larger story.

Melanie Lankford Photography
Grants Pass, OR - United States
Amazing work, Hanne! Love everything about this! v/f/g+

Jack Zulli
Sussex, WI - United States
Love the nostalgic feel to this work, a pleasure to view, well done;) v

Nina Fosdick
Mena, AR - United States
Awesome work and interesting description! vf

Jim Fitzpatrick
South San Francisco, CA - United States
Awesome story telling work! F/V

Rosy Hall
Melbourne - Australia
Well they picked the right person to ask :) They must be very happy indeed Hanne VF

Lenore Senior
Pueblo, CO - United States
Love this...beautifully done. v/f

Len Stomski
Cheshire, MA - United States
WOW the detail, Excellent work Hanne. v/f

Cliff Wilson
Ashland, MA - United States
I love this one, Hanne.

Zulfiya Stromberg
Nalcrest, FL - United States
So good painting! Very good!

AnnaJo Vahle
Merritt Island, Fl - United States
Yes...Hanne, you have done it again! It is impressive that you are able to achieve such a harmonious composition with so many different elements! Absolutely fabulous. f/v

Will Jones
Richmond, VA - United States
Wow, beautiful painting and perspective - very creative F/V

Sharon Mick
Prescott, AZ - United States
Congratulation !

Kay Novy
Kenosha, wi - United States
Wow! Such fabulous detail in your work and I love detail! V.F. Congrats on Sharon "Women Artist" group leader for picking this one as her purchase in that group event she has going on!

Carol Wisniewski
Randolph, NJ - United States
Fantastic work, voted

Catalina Lira
Palma, - Spain
Hanne, Fantastic artwork! F/V!

Sergey Selivanov
Lugansk - Ukraine
Brilliant, F/V

HJBH Photography
Utrecht - Netherlands
Featured in The Light Painters. Thanks for sharing with us. f/v!

Madalena Lobao-Tello
Penaflor - Chile
CONGRATULATIONS!! Featured on Female Artists - Creative Women!!! Great artwork. Love the colours, textures and composition!!!!!

Hazel Billingsley
Cypress, TX - United States
Wonderful painting, lots of details! F/V

Bob Orsillo
Storybrooke, ME - United States
Hanne this is brilliant. I can imagine the conversation they are having as well as the elegance of train travel. v/f/t

Shawna Rowe
Sandusky, OH - United States
Such incredible detail! v,f

Phong Trinh
Auckland, Gl - New Zealand
Beautiful work!

Glimpses Prasad Datar-Archana Padhye Photography
Pune, Ma - India
You have made the picture so real that I could here the buzz at the station. :)

Mike Ivey
Spring, TX - United States
You were very successful in all you sought to accomplish! Very well done! I love it!

Cheryl Cencich
Port Huron, MI - United States
Wonderful!!! V/F

Joan Carroll
Fort Worth, TX - United States
what a great image! Love the commentary too! V

Catherine Howard
Bolton, ON - Canada
Hanne, my heart soared when I saw this one! Travelling across Canada by train is one of my very favourite things to do... I have done it 4 times and the dining car is always the best part! Thanks for the memories..

Ann Powell
Oklahoma City, OK - United States
such wonderful detail, very well done!

Andrew Read
Cardiff - United Kingdom
wow, brilliant painting Hanne, a lot of hard work in this.

Daniel Eskridge
Marietta, GA - United States

Magdalena Frohnsdorff
Nottingham, No - United Kingdom
Beautiful painting!

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