This bas relief portrait was commissioned by friends as a gift to Mary Davis, and was executed by sculptor Rivkah Walton based on photographs by the subjects husband, Mark E. Davis. Taking a cue from the great American relief portraitist, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the artist chose to emphasize the face and hands of this accomplished flautist, connected by the linear body of her instrument.
I received the relief portrait that you did of me (The Flautist). I was absolutely surprised, thrilled, shocked, etc., by the work of art. It took my breath away - It is something I will treasure the rest of my life, and I am sure my kids will too. Thank you so much for doing this. I have already thanked my friends for the commission. It will be treasured. Mary Davis