An extra special commission


I always feel incredibly honored when asked to capture a special moment, person or place on canvas. And my newest commission is among the most poignant moments I’ve painted.

Several years ago, my friend Collins was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. He and his wonderful wife Amy remained positive and strong throughout his treatment, which included two bone marrow transplants.

I can’t begin to imagine all the emotions they must have experienced during his road to recovery: all the pain and fear and hope and love. But mostly I can’t imagine the pure, transcendent joy Collins must have felt earlier this year when he held his newborn son, Sage Fenton Ferris, in his arms for the very first time.

Life is a fragile, precious thing – and beautiful beyond words. Thank you Collins and Sage for reminding me of this. And thank you Amy for trusting me with this sweetest Father’s Day gift.

Sheila Dunn