Indianapolis (www.incnow.tv) – Indiana’s First Lady Cheri Daniels and Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman unveiled the official portrait of Governor Mitch Daniels during a Tuesday morning ceremony at the Indiana State House.
The governor’s portrait, painted by Richard Halstead, a Lafayette native, will become part of the Governor’s Portrait Collection.
Governor Daniels’ only request to Halstead was that the portrait not look artificial or unnatural.
Halstead was one of seven other artists interviewed for the portrait. Each candidate was asked to provide a resume that included such information as their portrait experience, art training and exhibitions as well as a statement about their approach to portrait painting.
Halstead said that as he prepared to paint the portrait he met with people who described the governor in diverse ways, from high energy to contemplative, preferring casualness, and an individual with unusual clarity of vision and purpose.
“From my interviews at the beginning all the way through to the finish, my image of the governor has grown in its complexity and my appreciation. I hope you see that in the portrait,” said Halstead.
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