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James Andrew - by Scott McBee

James Andrew – by Scott McBee

New Years and birthdays bring up many of the same feelings for me. They’re both milestones that give one pause to reflect on the past year, the passage of one’s life and indeed of the planet as a whole — one takes stock of the past year’s low points, non-starters, and the victories as well. In the process one shouldn’t get too caught up in what manifested and what didn’t. Perhaps it’s simply time to try a different approach. Courage is the name of the game. The fact is, we really hardly ever learn a thing when everything is roses! To the contrary, the wisest, strongest, and most successful people I know have had difficulties and failures in life and yet have developed ways to thrive despite (or because of!) them. Re-focus on what you want and get excited. Don’t be so afraid to stumble in 2016. Try something new. Whatever happens, you have a chance to realize how amazing you really are. Possibilities abound! We here at WIJW are eternally grateful for all the tremendous love and support, and wish you all the very best for the New Year!

This ravishing collage/painting portrait of me (above) as Sargeant’s Dr. Pozzi with added Borzois was one of my Xmas presents from the impossibly talented Scott McBee. I think it captures me and really my whole outlook and aesthetic approach quite well don’t you think?!


  1. Liz Markus says:

    That painting never looked so perfect. Grateful for you!

  2. La Contessa says:

    SPOT ON!!!
    I ADORE THIS…………
    JAMES, you must have fallen out of YOUR SEAT when you un-wrapped this GIFT!!I AM STAR STRUCK………REALLY IAM!!
    IT is YOU and ALL that YOU stand for and MORE!
    Hats off to SCOTT MCBEE!

  3. James von Kreuzberg says:

    Love this Scott McBee!
    Sensational talent all the way around!!!

  4. Brilliant beyond! Yes it captures everything you are!

    It sends me another message!!! YOU NEED A DOG!!! OR TWO!!

    I so remember your dogs……you simply MUST!!

    You both need dogs!



    ps still to come my Renzo story. May have to write a short blog! It is funny!

  5. Dean Farris says:


    Wow, What a striking image!

    You know, you’ve been an inspiration to me ever since Albert introduced us in his Old Naples cottage –

    Would love a Lowy water gilded frame on your portrait!


  6. James Andrew says:

    Darling Liz Markus,

    You are so delicious!

    The Brilliance of Mr McB- certainly one of my fav Sargeant works!

    and made new!

    All Best for 2016



  7. James Andrew says:

    Darling La Contessa,

    I sure did fall off the sofa when I opened this gorgeous gift!

    The Genius of Scott McBee certainly!

    I trust your 2016 is off to a must sublime start!

    Love and All Best


  8. James Andrew says:

    Dear James von Kreuzberg,

    Mr McB is quite the talent- I of course was beyond thrilled with this terrific image!



  9. James Andrew says:

    Darling Penelope Bianchi,

    I cant wait to hear your Renzo story!!!

    If only – would love a pair of beasts!

    Mr McB’s addition of the hounds was indeed a dash of brilliance!

    All Best for a most sublime 2016!



  10. James Andrew says:

    Darling Dean,

    I vividly remember that meeting and all your wonderful scrapbooks!!!

    And that marvelous little house- so very chic!

    I miss dear Albert!



  11. Boris Von Johnson says:

    James my dear boy

    Is that gown made from some sort of animal fur ? I’m trying to get some new robes made for the lords over here in London village.


  12. James Andrew says:

    Hello Boris Von Johnson,

    I certainly hope it is not made of fur- thinking it is a velvet!

    Cheers and All Best


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