This picture is important to me because it captures something important to my Dad. I recently had him play his autoharp — after 30 years! He had so much fun trying to remember old folk songs. He strummed along but couldn’t remember the words to his favorite songs like “Mary Ellen,” and “Old Blue” and old hymns like “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.” He was mostly making up his own words. I took a picture o f him, not because I intended to paint. I just wanted to snap a photo because my mom and I were laughing so hard. It was a precious time.
Later I decided to paint this moment and captured the memory of him, remembering.