2011. Oil on board, 27 x 24 cm
Private collection, Stellenbosch
Often family portrait commissions raise the question of these works becoming family heirlooms. Fiona often advises that, where suitable, individual persons be painted separately to avert the unfortunate tradition of family portraits being cut up upon the death of family benefactors; something that has happened more than once in the past! As with the Van der Westhuizen children, the four grandchildren commissioned by Barbara Willand for her two sons were painted separately. The plan was to give them as gifts to her sons, but she decided she couldn't part with them just yet, so the sons will be inheriting them one day!