My Father was my best friend, and his accidental demise devastated me. I could not come to terms with the fact that he is no more. I could not convince myself that a picture of my Father is all that is left.
I wanted a more realistic representation of my Father to whom I can offer my prayers everyday. I searched the web for ideas, and narrowed down on a bronze bust portrait idea. I talked to several companies and artists both in the US and overseas. The price quotes that I got from these artists/companies were all across the board. It truly felt like they were trying to take advantage of my situation.
Then I came across www.custombronzeportraits.com. I gave Stephanie Hunter a call to discuss about this project. Unlike the others, she patiently asked me questions on what I want to have done. She took all the requirements, and told me that she will have to talk to the foundry to give me a price quote.
I chose Stephanie to sculpt my Father, even before she gave me a price quote, purely based on the honesty and sincerity I saw in her, during our initial conversation.
And then came the price quote which was significantly lower than anyone else had offered me.
I shared about 150 pictures of my Father showing him in different angles, and emotions. Stephanie quickly absorbed the idea of my Father and jumped right into work. She sent me weekly pictures of the progress she made on the clay bust, and was very receptive to any feedback I gave her. She asked me questions like “Would you like him smiling some more?”, “Would you like his teeth to show?”, “Would you like the forehead to be smaller?”, “Would you like his hair to be fuller/thicker?”, etc., She gladly accommodated my special request to have a marble base instead of a wooden base.
She had committed to complete the clay bust in 2 months. In the middle of the project, I had planned to travel to India to offer prayers to my Father on his first anniversary, and wanted to carry the bust along to perform certain rituals. I called Stephanie and told her about my travel plans and schedule. Based on that, it boiled down to her delivering the bust to the foundry right on schedule. To my pleasant surprise, she ended up completing the work a week ahead of schedule. The finished bronze bust with patina was delivered to me 1 week earlier than promised.
The attention to detail was outstanding. The care taken to safely pack the bust and ship it out was amazing.
Stephanie, You really brought a few tears down my eyes when I saw the final result. Thank you very much for bringing my Father back to life!