For my 25th birthday in April, Mom and Hal gave me money to buy something I wanted but would not normally get for myself. The conditions were I was not allowed to spend the money on bills or for repairs/updates to the house or put the money in savings because Hal wanted me to have something that I could always keep.

So after lots of thinking and talking with Mark about what to do with the money, I decided to have my favorite artist paint a picture of Wilmington for me. Brent Sanders is a Chattanooga artist who does mainly studies of architecture in acrylic, watercolor and inks. If you’ve been in our house, you’ve probably seen some of the prints we have of his other work.

Well, my painting came yesterday and I LOVE it! It is of the Oceanic Restaurant and Crystal Pier on Wrightsville Beach where we got married. I sent Brent a picture and told him to use whatever colors he wanted and if I had given him paint samples from our house, he could not have made the painting more perfect to hang on our walls.