Discovering Life Pieces
Diane Saltzman had never heard of Life Pieces To Masterpieces. However, while reading a restaurant review of Cause in the Washington Post, the photo, which included an LPTM painting on the wall caught her eye. Intrigued, she called Cause and they put her in touch LPTM.
Diane browsed the online gallery and saw that the LPTM style really matched her “quirky taste in art.” Her husband was about to celebrate his fiftieth birthday and she wanted a gift that would express their family’s strong bond. She contacted Erin Krivicky, LPTM Deputy Director, and they decided on a portrait of her two sons. She sent in several photos, a few family sayings that have been inspirational and last but not least, the logo of her husband’s beloved Steelers.
When she came to pick up the finished portrait, she started to cry. “I love the portrait because it captures our children perfectly -- their smiles, the twinkle in their eyes and their loving connection to each other.” She was also very moved by the program and what it does for the kids and the community. Her husband, who first thought that his gift was just a T-shirt from a Pittsburgh pizza place, was really overwhelmed, her sons “really flipped,” and they all agreed that it is the best gift she has ever given him.
The painting is now installed in their entry hall, right next to the door. Diane says, “We placed it there so it is the first thing that people see when they enter our home. I have an opportunity, repeatedly, to explain about the technique and the colors and how they reflect the values that are the LPTM curriculum and the success the program has had in supporting members of the community. We love the painting and everything it represents. “