What could be better than proposing the one you love and spending the rest of your life with them? And when marriage proposal turns into a work of art it’s like a cherry on the cake. You can always communicate better through paintings than through words, and in this special occasion, it couldn’t be an exception. The same was with this man’s marriage proposal! Joel Fagan chose a painting to go on display at Paisley Museum because it shows the exact spot where he proposed to his wife, Jennifer.
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24- Years old, Joel is a collections assistant at the museum. Along with other staff and members of Paisley Art Institute, he was asked to select a painting for an exhibition. He selected a painting that showed a spot where he proposed his wife for marriage when was asked to select a painting for an exhibition called Random Selection.
When Joel was looking through pictures of the paintings owned by the museum and the Art Institute, he couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw a painting of Loch Etive, by artist David Munro from 1872.
This man’s marriage proposal was truly a work of art and on the bottom right-hand corner of the painting, he could even see the rocks where his then fiancé, Jennifer was sitting when he asked her to marry him.
And now this work of art will be one of 50 paintings featured in the free Random Selection exhibition, which opened on Friday, July 7 and closed on Monday, September 25.
He explains how he thought of proposing Jennifer when they were on a trip to Scotland “We were working in England at the time, but Jennifer always had romantic ideas about Scotland and its scenery and wanted to visit.
So, I organized a five-day tour of Scotland and since I already had the engagement ring, planned to pop the question at some point during that holiday. We drove five miles down a single-track road to get to the lochside and had a picnic there. The scenery was so stunning I knew this was the right time and place to ask Jennifer if she would marry me.”
He continued “Jennifer was sitting on the rocks – the same ones that you can see in the painting – looking out on to the water when I asked her to turn round. I had the ring in my hand and I told her that I hadn’t just brought her here for a picnic.
I got down on one knee and asked if she would marry me. It was such an emotional moment that she started crying and said, of course, she would.”
They both got married this year and now live in Paisley.
“Jennifer can’t believe it either and I’ve no doubt she’ll be a regular visitor to the exhibition!” he said.
Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure which runs arts, culture, sports, and leisure facilities locally Joyce McKellar said: “It’s amazing – and very romantic – that Joel came across a painting that means so much to him and his wife. The exhibition features a huge variety of paintings from 16th-century religious art to modern contemporary works, so we expect it will be very popular.”