|"Job Well Done", 18x24", Oil on linen, ©VP Miller|
This is a homecoming. A private moment. I'm proud to know this couple and the sacrifices they have made for their country. They are wonderful, funny, loving people. They have a beautiful family. Too many times they were service separated. They know it's part of the job. This fleeting moment of being together after so long apart and it's rush of emotions, is suspended in time.
I've been wanting to do this painting for a couple of years. I started it in watercolor two years ago, but I didn't like how it was proceeding and I put it aside. Then I started painting in oils, and knew that I'd want to do this in that medium but I wanted to make sure that I could do it justice before starting. So I painted other things, with this always in the back of my mind. Sometimes plans change like that.