“How do you delight the man who wants nothing?”
I was in the room when J.P. Engelbrecht asked his friend, the wizard, that question. Wizzo said, “Commission a legacy portrait by Tom Bluemlein.”
J.P. did as the wizard instructed and J.P.’s father, John Engelbrecht,
was deeply moved. The wizard now knows exactly how John felt,
because Tom Bluemlein presented him and Princess Pennie
with a legacy portrait of their own. Legacy portraits aren’t portraits
of the person, but portraits of their lives.
“The vertical trees are dreams and accomplishments and the horizontal foreground represents obstacles. The slating sunlight coming through the tops of the trees are the answers to those problems. And running through the forest are seven young beagles. These are the gifts of Intuition, Optimism, Determination, Faith, Hope and Love that are given to everyone who comes to this place. And the seventh beagle, of course, is Indy.”
Tom Bluemlein is the greatest portrait artist in the world today.
And if you don’t believe me, just ask me again.
The wizard sees his portrait for the first time above.
The photo below is Tom in his studio with a different painting.