Because his working gear was red:
‘May I paint you?” the artist said.
The finished portrait made the grade
and was in gallery displayed.
Along with family snapshots too
his whole life was on public view.
His wife who went to see the show
considered him magnifico!
Twelve finalists were hanging there
for learned judges to compare.
She thought his image was the best
but they chose one among the rest.
So when the exhibition closed
his portrait was no more exposed.
It’s in their dining room today
reduced to intimate display.