"The people looked like they were just getting ready to speak to you. That's what I wanted for Joe," she said. "There was something, when you looked at the eyes of the portraits he had done.<\!p>.<\!p>.they seemed alive."
Bishop said it was Sen. Manchin's idea to include the Capitol dome in the background. Manchin explained during Tuesday's ceremony the dome is one of his favorite sights, and he would often walk out of the Governor's Mansion at night just to look at it.
"I wanted everybody to see that," Manchin said.
Manchin's portrait is the first to feature the dome, and the first to feature a governor outdoors.
Traditionally, governors' portraits depicted the chief executives in dark, wood-paneled offices. Some, like Sen. Jay Rockefeller, have a West Virginia flag hanging behind them. Portraits of Govs. Bob Wise and Arch Moore feature the Kanawha River, but only through a window.
Bishop said Manchin's portrait might be among the last he paints.
"I've only got a few more left in me," he said after the ceremony.
Bishop said portrait painting is an exhaustive process, because there is so much pressure on the artist to get it right. He said the painting has to present a good likeness of the subject, capture their essence as accurately as possible and still adhere to the rules of art composition.
"I don't think there's any more challenging piece of art an artist can do than a portrait," he said. "That's why I love it."
The portrait, which cost $27,664.35, will hang in the governor's reception room along with Gov. Wise's portrait.
The reception room features portraits of the most recent governor and their predecessor. Workers on Monday moved Gov. Cecil Underwood's portrait into the Capitol hallway to make room for Manchin.