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Roddy

Oil on Linen

Dame Patricia

Ed Szeminsky ,Chef and co-owner of Dame

Ed Szeminsky ,Chef and co-owner of Dame

Nathaniel Axel

Nathaniel Axel

Dr Ronn Yedidia, pianist and composer

Dr Ronn Yedidia, pianist and composer

 

Leon, my hubsnd

Leon Axel

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Morgan, my French Horn Tutor

 Sincere  eye contact is somewhat rare in the 21st century.  There is little that a portrait artist can accomplish without such communication  with the subject. Leonard Bernstein was an exception to my requirement of this fundamental human experience .   A portrait is a window into a  time, place, and personal affect;recording interaction between two people. 

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The Pandemic has uprooted everyone’s lives,  and altered the relationship between sitter and artist. I cannot simply invite people to come to my studio to sit for a portrait, even if they have been vaccinated. Portrait subjects can meet me via Zoom or video, to help supplement photos. There are ways to communicate virtually, even for a painted portrait. Just as snapshots  document events  of everyday life, painted portraits illuminate  the artist’s interpretation of a communication over an extended time with the person being portrayed. More than just a physical record of  appearance, the painted portrait  captures the character and personality of the person being portrayed. These qualities are  essential to creating a painting of a particular person at a particular time.