Artwork / 2004 / The Vespiary

painted portrait of little boy who is scared of bees
Gwenn Seemel
The Vespiary
acrylic on canvas
15 x 24 inches

The model for this image, a Stark Raving Theatre poster, was eleven years old when he sat for this portrait, but, when he was just five, he declared that the two of us would be married. It was not a proposal: it was a statement of fact. When I explained to him that usually it’s best to ask a person to marry you, he replied that his mother had told him that he could marry anyone he wanted to. What could I say? His logic was impeccable. Fortunately for both of us, I am now married to this man.