I was commissioned to draw this portrait of Nickie, having done her children some years previously.  She had to travel some three hours, as they had moved, so we usually made a day of the sittings, and as you can see she has a delightful personality.  She was keen to have a portrait of herself, as she felt it to be a more permanent reminder of her existence than mere photos for generations to come, rather than as a vanity project.  As she said, photos can get lost in drawers over time, whereas a portrait hangs on a wall.