Grandfathers do not get much attention as a central figure in art. But they should — as this picture of my son-in-law, grandson and great-grandson shows, the grandfather is an important and integral part of the family dynamic. He is patriarch, protector, loving parent and grandparent. This was a difficult painting. Little Gabriel was almost nine months old before it was finished and then I continued to revise it till I was finally satisfied with it in 2016 when he was 2 years old!