Portrait of Isabelle, 2010
• carrara petacchi marble
• 19” H x 5” W x 5” D (48cm H x 13cm W x 13cm D)
• private collection, Notre-Dame-de-Portage, PQ, Canada
Michael Binkley was approached via email by a new patron who found the sculptor’s website and was impressed to the point of wanting to commission Binkley to carve a white marble portrait sculpture of the patron’s girlfriend. This was a unique project, as Binkley never met the patron, even upon completing the sculpture. After extensive consultation via email, the composition was to emulate a classic Roman statue that the patron and his girlfriend had admired on their travels.
The patron emailed the artist a few photographs of his girlfriend’s face, but described her figure in words only. This was certainly a challenge for Binkley to create a miniature image of Isabelle from only this information.
Binkley was successful in completing the commission within budget and the patron asked if the artist would deliver the sculpture. As it happened, Isabelle was traveling through Vancouver on her way to meet the patron and Binkley was able to meet his subject face to face! As agreed, the sculpture was wrapped so she was not able to see it until she was with her boyfriend.
The patron reported to Binkley later that she and he both loved the piece.