Sunday, February 27, 2011

Phoenix Children's Hospital Unveils Portrait of Founding President Dan Cloud, MD

On February 24, the new Phoenix Children's Hospital unveiled my portrait of Daniel T Cloud, MD, its founding President and CEO. In my former life as a hospital administrator, I was hired by Dan in May of 1983 to coordinate the establishment and opening in September, 1983 of Arizona's first independent children's hospital.

The portrait project was spearheaded by key founding medical staff members, including Drs Mel Cohen, Herb Winograd, and Rich Reznick.

I worked for Dan for the next 7 years and he remained my close and valued friend until his death last summer.

The hospital officially opened the doors to the new $538M facility on January 31, 2011.

Photo courtesy of Suzanne Starr Photography, Phoenix, AZ. Thanks to Kay Eskridge Photography in Phoenix, AZ for her assistance in providing photo reference material for the painting.

The short video is here on Facebook . I'll add it to the blog when I can.

Chris Saper and Phoenix Children's Hospital Unveil Portrait of Founding President from Chris Saper on Vimeo.


  1. Just lovely! I'm so glad you are blogging Chris! I love your work and your book and will absolutely take a workshop from you in the future. It's been on my list for a couple of years now.

  2. How wonderful that the portrait was painted by an artist so close to the subject. Lovely portrait Chris and a lovely photo of the artist!

  3. Phoenix Children's Hospital is dear to my heart. I can't wait to see the new building and the painting in person. I'm so glad that you were able to paint such a beautiful portrait for them, and someone that you are close to as well. It's wonderful.

    You also look awesome in the gold dress!

  4. What a beautiful and classy unveiling it was! Your portrait made me wish I had known Dr. Cloud personally.

  5. Beautiful portrait, and I love his smile and general expression. Chris I admire your work tremendously, you are a wonderful artist. I paint as well and would love to study with you and take one of your portrait courses.
    Take care and hope to meet you soon.

    Sonsoles Shack