Nicklas Backstrom and his fiance, Liza Berg, each had similar gift ideas this holiday season. Nick and Liza each contacted artist Taylor Kampa Olson on their own about painting a family portrait with the Stanley Cup. They had each wanted the painting to be a surprise for the other. Liza wanted the painting to be a late birthday gift for Nicklas, while Nicklas wanted it to be a Christmas gift for Liza. But given the timing, Kampa Olson decided that Liza would be the one who would be the “giver”.
When Kampa Olson delivered the gift to the Backstrom residence, Nicklas answered the door. He was incredibly nice, even though he probably assumed the delivery was ruining his intended surprise to Liza, given that the artist had arrived relatively early. When Liza came to the door, Nicklas learned the gift was being given to him, as opposed to “from” him.
In Kampa Olson’s own words, “When Liza came to the door, Nick found out that the painting was FOR him and not FROM him, and we all had a good laugh. This is a problem I’ve dreamed of having and definitely something I’ll always remember. ”
Kampa Olson shared the story on her instagram page on Wednesday.
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It was such a treat to get to paint this family portrait for Nick Backstrom and his fiancée Liza. ☺️ There’s a really fun story behind this painting: the short version is that both Nick and Liza contacted me separately trying to surprise each other with a painting of their family, but since Liza wanted it as a late birthday gift for Nick, and Nick wanted it as a Christmas gift for her, Liza got to be the one to give the surprise. When I delivered Liza’s gift, Nick answered the door and was so incredibly nice even though he probably thought I was ruining his Christmas surprise by showing up to deliver unannounced/early. 😅 When Liza came to the door, Nick found out that the painting was FOR him and not FROM him, and we all had a good laugh. This is a problem I’ve dreamed of having and definitely something I’ll always remember. ❤️ #ALLCAPS
By Diane Doyle