Our Why

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"My only family portrait" - Steven Somfalvi, partner at Artage. 

 

"That small print, taped inside an old knickknack box, is the only family portrait I have.  My parents were small business owners - they worked hard and they worked all the time, we rarely had a vacation and we never had time for a family portrait.  This was a snapshot at my 16th birthday and shortly after my parents separated and ultimately divorced.  That I'm blinking in the photo has never bothered me - I am so thankful for having this.  My parents remained friends and as a favour to me, we did a portrait with my wife, children and them.  It's a majestic 40" painting, strategically placed in our dining room facing my usual seat.  I "visit" this portrait daily, lost in the eyes of familiar faces, reflecting and reliving, and for a moment everything becomes still.  That's the real beauty of what we do and why its so incredibly important."

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The final result of the portrait painting is a family heirloom to be passed on to generations. We will always be thankful for such a unique portrait.

 

- Peter & Helene Pretty

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