I was hired recently on a project that captured both my heart, my paint brushes, and my creativity (a personal triple hitter). The adorably talented Yu family, both parents are game designers for Mattel and their beautiful baby girl Natasha and corgi Rigby only add to the package, asked me to make a family portrait for Father’s Day. I knew I wanted to use mixed media, gouache, pens and ink, and that I wanted my style to come through, versus a completely realistic rendering. As the theme song for Family Ties played in my head, I went to work (who from our generation could forget that iconic family portrait opening?). I’m happy to say the result is one both the family and myself (the hardest critic) are pleased with, and I do have to say I think I nailed Rigby…“sha-la-la-la”.