Here’s a portrait I did of my grandparents from photographic reference. The photo was in pretty bad shape, so I had to make some assumptions and take a little artistic license, but overall I’m pleased with how it turned out.
My grandfather passed away in 2011 at the age of 82, but my grandmother just passed away last Friday. She lived a long and happy life, she was 93.
I’m pretty sure the picture was taken when my grandfather returned home from the war. They look so happy together. It was always one of my favorite photos of them.
I did some research on the patch that looks like an A on his shoulder, and it turns out it was a patch given to soldiers who fought in Germany under General Patton in the push to Berlin. It’s called the seven steps to hell. Like my maternal Grandfather, my Grandpa Bill didn’t talk much about the war. I can’t even imagine what he went through over there and the things he must have seen, but it was obvious from the photograph that he was excited to be back home with his best girl, Betty. Aren’t they just the bee’s knees?