James Wilkerson, 18" x 24," Oil on canvas, Oxford, MS

James Wilkerson, 18" x 24," Oil on canvas, Oxford, MS

This past month I finished an oil portrait in Oxford, MS for a mom and her two young boys, James and Wade. 

James is the youngest, and about two years ago I painted his brother, Wade. It was amazing to visit Oxford again and see how much he had changed and grown. 

  Wade Wilkerson , 18 x 24, Oil on canvas, Oxford, MS

Wade Wilkerson, 18 x 24, Oil on canvas, Oxford, MS

When painting siblings, it's also interesting to see the differences in not just facial features but character and personality as well. I remember James being reserved and contemplative. Wade, on the other hand, was very energized and active. It was hard to get him to sit still for a picture! Fortunately, his mom Kelly had a sucker on hand for just such occasions. 

I'm so honored that Kelly would chose me to paint these portraits of her precious boys. I've done plenty of commissions in Memphis where I'm from, but its really great when I get business from different places. I also love working with the same families over the years and seeing how my subjects grow and change. 

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