Commissioned: Wedding Anniversary Painting

Commissioning Haena for an original piece was exciting, not to mention a very smooth experience. She asked thoughtful questions to help shape her ideas and was very open about the process. Haena added unique, personal touches to give her work special meaning for our wedding anniversary. Finally, delivery was arranged and shipped in a professional manner. We’re very thankful for her creative vision and love the artwork.
— Andrew Tada
50 x 30 in., watercolor, acrylic, and hand-stitched embroidery on paper, 2016.

50 x 30 in., watercolor, acrylic, and hand-stitched embroidery on paper, 2016.

I was thrilled when Andrew reached out to me for a commissioned painting. He was looking to surprise his wife, Nicole, for their 2nd wedding anniversary. I asked Andrew a few key questions to get a better sense of Nicole, the type of things she loves and gravitates towards. With the information he provided, I sketched up a draft of where I wanted to take the painting. It was full speed ahead after that!

Concept

As tradition has it, the 2nd year wedding anniversary is represented by cotton so I decided to weave the symbolic medium through embroidery. Beyond the embroidery, there are other hidden meanings I applied to deepen their story, making it really special for Andrew and Nicole. It's what makes this piece uniquely theirs.

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