Thursday, February 18, 2010

Newest Work Incorporates Recurring Portraits

I found an old image in an antique store that captivated me. It appears above in an unfinished
7"x 5" acrylic canvas that I call "Lilly." I wanted to use the image again, which led to the study below.

This 12"x9" piece is called "Lilly of the Leaves. " It incorporates autumnal leaf patterns that are sometimes left behind on sidewalks after days of light rain. I am going to paint a larger version of this picture, and play around color, and with the abstract shapes of the leaves.

Image Threads

Many of the people who populate my canvases keep reappearing in different guises. This small painting (7"x 5") above is called "Constance." I named it after a wonderful woman who commissioned a portrait of Winston Churchill for a birthday present. Giclees are available. The face made a huge impression on me, and will populate several future paintings.

The face of Constance reappeared in the 5'x3' painting below. Named "Make.Believe", the acrylic painting resembles a large photograph with its white borders. Constance makes another appearance in the recent 12"x9" study above. Called "Masking", the piece explores "trying on" different identities.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Hunting Art Prize Finalist

Two weeks ago I learned that I am a finalist in the Hunting Art Prize Competition. "Courage", the painting I entered, is a 4'x 5' acrylic. The Hunting Art Prize, which is sponsored by the international oil services company Hunting PLC, is a prestigious annual art competition open to established and emerging artists.

It's $50,000 award is the most generous annual prize in the U.S. and has helped to build the reputations and the support the careers of distinguished artists. The winner will be announced at a Gala in Houston on May 1st.

distinguished artists