I painted my image of the perfect man … and then I married him! Artist, 31, creates oil painting of dream husband – and marries his spitting image three years later

  • In 2009, single Chloe Mayo painted herself holding a man’s hand
  • Two months later, she met 30-year-old Michael Goeman online
  • Shocked to find out that Michael was the spitting image of the man in his painting
  • Married three years later – and the picture hangs on the wall

An artist married the man of her dreams four years after painting her lookalike in a prophetic work of art.

In 2009, Chloe Mayo, who was single at the time, quickly dived into an oil painting of her holding the hand of a handsome man with a black beard.

No longer thinking about creation, the 31-year-old young woman left the painting to collect dust in a corner of her living room.

Artist Chloe Mayo painted a picture of her perfect husband … only to later meet an identical real-life version

Because the oil painting was so eerily similar to Michael, she hid the canvas under her bed lest he thinks she was stalking him, but he fell in love with it.

Because the oil painting was so eerily similar to Michael, she hid the canvas under her bed lest he thinks she was stalking him, but he fell in love with it.

In her search for love, Chloe joined an online dating site and began texting 30-year-old Michael Goeman.

Two months later, the couple met – and Chloe was shocked to find Michael was the spitting image of the man in her painting.

Afraid to put off her new lover, Chloe hid the bizarre painting under her bed, only revealing it after she had had other dates with Michael.

Fortunately, he wasn’t put off by the painting and they continued their relationship for an additional 18 months until he moved while on vacation in the South of France.

Three years after their first meeting, Chloe and Michael got married, and the painting now takes pride of place in the living room of the couple’s home in Worcester Park near Croydon in Surrey.

Chloe, Medical Equipment Regulator, said: “I had returned to the UK after spending time working in Australia and the house was in need of some brightening up.

After dating for six weeks, Chloe thought Michael's face was familiar to her, then remembered her painting and realized it was the spitting image of the man she had painted.

After dating for six weeks, Chloe thought Michael’s face was familiar to her, then remembered her painting and realized it was the spitting image of the man she had painted.

“I started to paint pictures to decorate the walls and I had a few ideas that I wanted to integrate.

“I wanted to create an image of a couple at night but I didn’t really have any fixed ideas, I just did what felt natural.

“I painted kisses coming from the trees so it looked romantic, but the facial features of the people I actually added last, I didn’t intend it to look like me with who whether it be.

“I didn’t hang it up, I just left it in a pile in the corner of my living room for weeks and forgot about it, but after a night out with Michael I realized it looked like that man.

“He was supposed to come to my house and I thought if he saw the picture he would think I was a stalker and a little weird, so I hid him under my bed.”

“About a week later I mustered the courage to show him and although he looked a little confused he saw the fun side when I explained what had happened.

The happy couple, who met online, now hang the picture on their wall and call it

The happy couple, who met online, now hang the painting on their wall and call it “the man in the painting”

“Now we hung the picture on the living room wall and all of our friends called Michael ‘The Man in the Painting’.

“I never thought I would have predicted my husband and I don’t normally believe in that sort of thing, but I guess it must be fate.”

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