This is my mother-in-law Ruth. It was her 80th birthday and my partner Glen asked me to paint her. She has reflected just recently: 'It is a very moving experience to have one’s portrait painted, not because it shows how one looks through another’s eyes but because of what it reveals of one’s “essence”. Andrew is a very perceptive person and he can see and capture in his paintings the deep down feelings of his subject. Thus, when I saw my finished portrait it was very emotional and I was moved to tears because I could immediately see the wistfulness I was feeling at that time in my life. I now know that having my portrait painted was a very rewarding experience and it is a treasured possession.'