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Presidential painting begins

Meyer wanted Ferdie, his late golden retriever, to be part of his portrait. Noah Comfort Dog fills in for him during the photo shoot.
Artist Joseph Daily was on campus in July to prepare for the portrait he has been commissioned to paint of the Seminary’s 10th president Dr. Dale A. Meyer, who retired June 30. Daily and Jenny Heard Beckham, a representative of Portraits Inc., were on campus July 14 for a preliminary study.

Daily took photographs outdoors to take advantage of the natural lighting. Later in the day, he created a paint sketch of Meyer that he will reference as he works on the final portrait. Noah Comfort Dog also was there to lend a paw. Meyer and his wife, Diane, had a golden retriever named Ferdie, who was much loved on campus and by the Meyers. Meyer wanted to have Ferdie pose with him, but since Ferdie passed away last year, Noah Comfort Dog filled in for the photo shoot that will be used for the portrait.

When the portrait is complete, it will be displayed in the Presidents Room.

Artist Joseph Daily composes a paint sketch of Meyer that will be referenced for the final portrait.