Stuart's Most Treasured Inspiration
While Stuart's son was the catalyst for the beginning of his portrait and painting obsession, it was his grandmother, Stella Townsley, who proved to become the most treasured work of art he would ever capture.
At 98, Stella began to fade. Knowing that her time was soon coming to an end, Stuart acted quickly to capture her at her best and preserve the memory of his grandmother, his family's matriarch in this simply elegant, graceful and peaceful art piece. The portrait captures the lovely, soft, sweet and caring woman that she was.
Soon after posing for her heirloom portrait, Stella declined considerably. By the time it was ready for her she no longer understood exactly what it was. She was already suffering from the dementia and Alzheimer's that would take her from our family.
Stella's portrait is the last image the family has of her as she really was – stunning, beautiful, and full of life and love. This is the memory of her that we'll treasure for generations.
Stuart's only regret is that he was not able to do the same for his other grandparents because they passed before he became an artist.
You can donate to the "Keep Memories Alive" Alzheimer's fund (one of the charities Stuart supports) at the link below.