It was a tremendous honor to be commissioned by the hospital to paint that portrait of Dr.Scolaro. I never met him in real life and painted that portrait using several photos of him sent to me by the hospital.
Yesterday I met with Brenda Baker- Brandon Hospital representative at the frame store to reveal the finished portrait and select a frame. She had tears in her eyes- she knew Dr.Scolaro for 10 years and she said that she had an unreal feeling that the doctor looked back at her from the portrait. I was touched deeply by that. And of course it is the best compliment to me that in my portrait I succeeded to reflect his soul.
Dr.Scolaro was President of both Brandon Chamber of Commerce and the Missing Children’s Help Center and a founding member of Brandon Hospital. In August of 2020, he passed away due to complications from Covid-19. That portrait of him will be the first portrait in the hall of fame of that hospital.