Often I would show prospective clients examples of work I'd done to give them some idea of what is possible. In this case I showed, among many other works, a painting I had done based on a dream I had. In the dream (a nightmare really) I was in a coal cellar full of coal or earth. The windows were very low and I had to climb over the pile to get out -- not exactly the cheeriest of themes.
She wanted one exactly like it. Exactly as it appeared in the photograph, including the white space that makes up the difference between the long and narrow format of the original painting and the rectangular format of the photograph.