Bo Obama at the Chez Billy Sud – Print


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Bo Obama at the Chez Billy Sud – a spotlight on the inspiration behind a painting.

The spark of inspiration came in May 2021 when my family gathered in the historic neighborhood of Georgetown in DC for Sebastian’s graduation from Georgetown University. Our celebratory dinner was at the Chez Billy Sud. Michelle Obama was there with her two friends and security detail as well. Right there I decided this would be the painting in my DC collection. I started the painting in the garden of our Air B where I created a studio for the week. There I blocked out the idea and composition. Because of COVID restrictions, we watched my son graduate from the AIR B… allowing me to keep painting. (big smile on my face!) In July I returned to DC for a week of photoshoots with photographer Theresa Elliott who wanted to capture me painting live around DC. I was honored to have the opportunity to paint at the Phillip Ratner Museum in Bethesda to work on the painting among a group of friends all truly realizing the art of expressive living. The next day of photoshoots was at Theresa’s estate in Rockville where I added the finishing touches to the painting. As you can see in the video, Bo Obama at the Chez Billy Sud found its forever home in Rockville, MD with Jen. Watch her excitement as she comes to the studio and sees it for the first time. It makes my heart sing every time I get that kind of reaction!