It is a most marvelous gift. The gift of portraiture summons up the life and times of a person and fixes them forever. The skill that makes a portrait come to life and speak is a certain magic. These are the accomplishments of the most remarkable artist and gentle, gifted man, Bradley Stevens.
Sarah Tomerlin Lee
Editor and internationally acclaimed interior designer specializing in the restoration of historical properties
The portrait is outstanding and I could not have been more pleased. I will always be thankful for the opportunity to know you and know that you captured me on canvas for future generations.
Dr. James A. Davis
President, Shenandoah University
Thank you so much again for a wonderful experience working with you. The portrait now will have to be lived up to—life following art?
Dr. Peter Kaplan
Director, Johns Hopkins Bayview EEG, Epilepsy Program, Professor of Neurology, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
I thank you for the quality of the portrait you have done of me. It has been a pleasure posing for you.
Investment banker and former chairman, Lazard Frères
You are to be commended for your work, The Connecticut Compromise, recently installed in the Senate Reception Room of the U.S. Capitol. Your portrayal of Oliver Ellsworth and Roger Sherman is a lasting tribute to the extraordinary contribution of these founding fathers of the Senate and a reminder of the critical role this Compromise played in the ratification of the Constitution.
…I am grateful to you for your attention to historical accuracy in your portrayal of Ellsworth and Sherman and for your ability to capture not only the human story of the interaction of these two great statesman from Connecticut, but the significance of the event as well. It is an engaging work that will draw visitors to our nation’s Capitol into the story of how our form of democracy came to be.
…It is an honor to have one’s work commissioned for permanent display in the Capitol, and you should be justifiably proud of the contribution you have made to the collection of the Senate Commission on Art.
Christopher J. Dodd
U.S. Senator from the State of Connecticut
Well, the portrait hanging ceremony last Friday went off in excellent fashion. Everyone thought it was a very good rendition and I want to thank you personally for what I consider the best portrait I have ever had made. Thank you for your patience, indulgence and terrific work.
The Honorable Sam B. Hall, Jr.
District Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
You have captured exactly what I had hoped for. I love it. Thank you for all you have done to make me feel so happy with the end result as I now see it.
…We continue to enjoy your splendid work and I must say that as I live with it, the (John Singer) Sargent mood we talked about so often is certainly there. It is so much more than a likeness of the sitter. It is a timeless painting and everyone who has seen it loves it.
We love the painting of our family. The snapshot of earlier years reminds us how quickly the boys are growing up and changing. How different the painting would look today. Thanks, thanks, thanks!
I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you, talking to you, and how wonderfully I think the portrait turned out. I had considerable misgivings about both having the portrait done, and a lot of anxiety about the end result. Both of them vanished the first time I saw the portrait. I have heard nothing but good comments. You did a wonderful job and I am very appreciative and thankful to you.
Dr. Robert M. Heyssel
President and CEO, Johns Hopkins Health Systems
I’m honored that the school commissioned the portrait, and absolutely delighted that they asked you to do it. I really enjoyed working with you.
Dr. Harry Harding
Dean, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University
My family and I would like to express our thanks. The portrait is a marvelous exhibition of your talent—your attention to detail is remarkable. We know, too, that the final portrait presented many challenges, and thank you for your persistence in integrating the changes to the canvas in the process.
The Honorable Glen L. Archer, Jr.
Senior Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Thank you for the beautiful product of your talent that graces my office. What you have captured on canvas is replete with light, movement, depth and passion. I marvel each time I sit and study your creation. Your great gift will always inspire me. Thank you for sharing it with me.
Founder and CEO, Charles Ryan Associates