How did that name come to be? It has a background story in 4 parts...
Part 1Back in 1989 when we moved to the coast, my guy knew the guy who owned a yacht in our harbor...the Dow Jones II. A group of us went out on it one day... and Gabe got to steer it for a while...
Part IIProbably 10 years ago, Saddie was telling Gabe how my brother nor I had ever named any of our kids after her... so Gabe, in his considerate way, told his grandmother that if he ever had a son, he'd give him the name 'King'.
Part IIIProbably 8 years ago, before Gabe and Emily were married, Emily told me one day - kidding around - that if she ever had a son, she should name him Emerson... 'Emer's' 'Son', because Emers was one of her nicknames.
Part IVAbout 7 years ago, Gabe asked me why I hadn't painted him a painting. I asked him what he would want a picture of. "Boats... I like boats," was his answer.
That conversation led me to the marina, where I took some photographs. One of them, had the Dow Jones II in the foreground. I decided to paint a version of that picture, so I took out a few things and added a few, but left the Dow Jones II in the foreground.
When the painting was about finished, I was ready to paint on the boat's name... and I remembered those first couple of things - Gabe telling Saddie he'd give his son the name King... Emily saying she should name her son 'Emerson'... and I named the boat, Emerson King. I also named one of the boats in the background, the Bonnie Lou.... and another boat, I gave the number 100278 - which is Gabe's birthday. I finished the painting in November of 2002.
After Gabe and Emily got married in March, 2003, I gave them the painting. Since then, The Emerson King has hung in their home.... In Biblical times, names were indicative of who you were... what you would become... I feel like the background of the name 'Emerson King' makes it all the more special to our incredibly special little man!
I think Emerson should inherit this painting when he grows up!