Commissioned paintings are an important part of Elizabeth Barlow’s work, and she loves the collaboration it brings. The artist works with collectors to curate a personal portrait using symbolic objects and cherishes belongings. Anything with special meaning can be used — a pair of boots of stilettos, a few dog-eared books, a worn pair of blue jeans, or flowers from a cherished garden. When the selection process is complete the artist creates a composition that tells a story or illuminates a cherished moment or memory. The result is a personalized portrait — a painting that symbolizes an aspect of the subject’s life and their fascinating journey in a distinctly new way.