WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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artist profile "a piece of artwork that has great sentimental value" was a playful, "sun-splashed" image. But when Hale visited the client's feels genuine. Hale has been working on the portrait for months, along year-round home, the color palette and general feel was much darker with other commissions. She is satisfied with the composition and set- and more traditional. In consultation with the subject, they scrapped ting, but not how she's painted the girl's mouth. So she keeps at it, the first photo shoot and started over. refining and revising. "It's a process of getting to know someone," Hale says. From initial And occasionally tackling other subjects all together. Hale is becom- inquiry to the unveiling of the final portrait typically takes six months. ing increasingly interested in painting landscapes, most notably Which brings us back to her current commission of the young girl Boston Common. She also gets commissioned to paint family homes, and her dog. The decision to include the family dog, while not obvious including one on Wall Street in Wellesley when it was owned by the at first, now feels essential to the emerging portrait. The loving bond Hambuchen family. between the girl and her dog radiates from the canvas and sets a warm Scott Hambuchen's professional career has necessitated moves every and gentle tone that reflects the personality of the child herself. It few years, so the family has made a tradition of commissioning a portrait of each home. "When we think back on the places we lived, lots of 57 Wall Street great memories come to mind … [and] we associate each home with a period of growth in our children's lives." During a series of interviews with Hale, Hambuchen says they decided to set the image in autumn, the family's favorite time of year, and to incorporate something from the kids. "Sonia painted a field hockey stick and a lacrosse stick leaning against the tree… It's unique and meaningful to us, and makes for great conversation." Hambuchen says that there's something very special about commissioning a piece of artwork that has great sentimental value to a family. "Sonia exceeded expectations at capturing the warm feeling of a New England home that was ours for a memorable three We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 years. That picture immediately brings us back to great friends, neighbors, schools, and community. What an awesome way to remember the best of the past." To view more of Hale's work or for information about commissioning a portrait, visit www.soniahale.com. 168

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