“He wanted to paint my portrait every year for 10 years as a series, showing the changes as I grew from 10 to 20. I was so young that I didn’t realise what an awesome opportunity this was. Each year, nearing my birthday, Andy would remind me, but I was so distracted by boys, friends and school that in the end I did just this one sitting. It was rare for Andy to paint solo portraits of children, and today when I see my paintings, I am reminded of how special he always made me feel.
We had other fun experiences. Andy twice signed a Campbell’s soup can for my school art teachers in an attempt to get me an A. And he took part in a scavenger hunt for my 12th birthday party: one of the tasks was to get his autograph, and he sat in a cafe all afternoon with my father until every team found him.”