Close to 400 guests including city dignitaries, representatives of State and Federal Government, and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer gathered to celebrate 25 years at the bench for Judge Douglas P. Woodlock and see his portrait unveiled.
It was a huge gathering of legal talent that did the Judge proud. The Woodlock family proudly unveiled the portrait to great applause.
The portrait itself is unique in the Court's collection, being the only one to feature a Judge actually at the bench, which is extremely fitting, as Judge Woodlock had a major role in the design and symbolism of the Courthouse and the courtrooms in particular. His input, right down to the selection of the Ellsworth Kelly panels that brighten the communal spaces of this spectacular building, can be seen in every aspect of the design.
Having watched him instruct a jury I chose to paint the juror's view of him, so we see him from the jury box. The pen he has used to sign every decision in his distinguished career is in his hand, the wedding ring gleams from his finger speaking of his love of his wife Patty and their family. The papers symbolize the corruption trial he was conducting at the time of our sittings.
Judge Woodlock is a thoughtful, kind and sincere man with a deep belief in law and a record for integrity and thoroughness in judgement that does him honour. His wide ranging interests and intellectual pursuits include a deep love and understanding of art and it was a privilege to paint him.
I hope my portrait does him justice.