When Herman Evly went by Patricia Horing’s home to work on the plumbing, he probably never imagined the visit would land him a place amongst presidents and celebrities. But that, in fact, is exactly what wound up happening.
Horing, a publicist-turned-painter who enjoys creating portraits of her friends, family, and others – including her plumber, evidently – asked Evly (who was fixing the tub) if she could paint his picture, and he agreed. She did a sketch, and a month later, the painting was finished.
She later entered the painting into a contest via email, and then forgot about it – until she received the exciting news that the painting had been selected to hang in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery – as of one of just 50 lucky winners. Her painting will be on display through August.