“We all know about Santa Claus and his annual circumnavigation
of the globe,” says the artist. “It’s quite a feat by any standard.
But what is a bit less explored is what Santa does the other 364
days of the year. All year long and right up to Christmas Eve, Santa
is a toymaker extraordinaire. He’s up to his elbows in a labor of
love, turning out magical toys at a pace and of a quality unparalleled
in the world. With this portrait, I wanted to depict the master
craftsman engaged in his work. Hearing the bell above the door,
he looks up to greet his visitor. Perhaps the visitor is us, come
to catch a glimpse of the making of magic.”
In Father Christmas: The Workshop, he’s putting in
a few hours after dinner, with a couple of industrious elves for
companionship and help with the finishing touches. Why not let this
picture of a twinkle-eyed craftsman decorate your home for the holidays?