With this post, I give thanks and credit to my friend Robert Wong, the late chef and restaurateur. Several years ago, I approached him at his restaurant, the Bridge Road Bistro, to inquire about placing some of my paintings in the dining room. Robert already had a vision of what he wanted. He looked through my work and asked if I had ever done any paintings of wine bottles. I replied "No, but I will". He gave me several bottles of fine wine, and off I went to my studio to get to work. When I took a finished painting back to the Bistro, he loved it and purchased several more for the dining room. I have since received many commissions by patrons to paint their favorite wine. Often, they have visited a vineyard and want to remember their trip with the painting.
When Robert died suddenly last summer of a heart attack, leaving behind his wife and two sons, it rocked my world, and that of our community. After mourning his loss, the Bistro reopened and continues to be a very popular eatery and a vital part the social scene here in Charleston, WV. Cheers!
Painting of Robert Wong and staff by Lynn Payne
Recent wine still life by Lynn Payne