Alex McFarland may be the one on the stage, but he credits his wife, after the Lord, for the “wind beneath his wings.” Because of this, he commissioned me to paint a portrait of Angie, to surprise her on their anniversary. She was sure in for a surprise! He spoke at Billy Graham’s Cove in Asheville, NC, on their anniversary date, and invited me and Jeff for the reveal. Shortly after he started his talk, Alex had me to come up on stage and bring the painting out to Angie! She loved the portrait, and loves him, but was sure to tell Alex, “I’m going to kill you,” with a wink in her eye.

It’s that wink in her eye that I tried to capture in this portrait of Angie. It’s a wink that says, “You’ve got this, and I’m right here waiting in the wings.”

“Angie” (detail) 12 x 18, oil