Lady Renice Castell, wife of Sir William Castell, says, “When you have a husband who has everything he needs, what do you buy for his birthday? Ideas were running out. Suddenly I met a neighbour on his way to see Fanny Rush to collect his portrait. He was delighted with it … Bingo! After a photo session and two live sittings, we have an exceptional portrait, and, despite himself, my husband is coyly delighted. The whole family love this portrait, but when the time comes who will have it on their wall? Perhaps it will be a year each!”
Lady Castell continues “So pleased is he, that when the organisation he works with ask for a portrait of him, off he goes again to Fanny for another portrait, this one a little more formal but with the same twinkle in the eye. Several of our friends have now joined the ‘Club of Fanny Rush Portraits’ and all are overjoyed, as are their spouses”.
Trinity Group Limited CEO and Founder Edward Frazer says “Fanny is an exceptional portrait painter, she can see and portray exactly who we are, not just what we look like. This is my second portrait by Fanny in ten years. I have two children and when the time comes, they will receive one each. Her work is like visual archaeology – every bump and scar, every lift of the eyebrow or look in the eye is a record of the life I’ve led. Fanny has produced a complete record of me for my children to remember and enjoy”.
Victoria Gonda, wife of Toronto newspaper executive Gabe Gonda, says that Fanny has perfectly captured their three children. “My late mother Madeline Webster presented us with the gift of a portrait of our three boys. Fanny spent time with our family getting to know the boys while preparing to paint them. The process was enchanting. The boys found it extremely entertaining to be the subjects of an artist’s attention. Our portrait is beautiful and it’s completely faithful to their characters”.
Gabe Gonda adds, “It’s a cliché to say we live in an age of disposable images but it’s nonetheless true. Part of what makes Fanny’s portrait so special is that it is just the opposite of disposable. It’s an object imbued with soul and we cherish it”.