A new addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED, paintings inspired from mugshots.
I honestly did not think I could pull off the hair on this young man, which is why I considered this portrait a big challenge. It took some patience and experimenting with old brushes and a palette knife. I love the end result, which is more evident in the real painting than the image - it has some wonderful texture.
This new painting will be included in the upcoming Small Works Show at the Anne Irwin Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta - opening November 22nd. This young woman is connecting with John Singer Sargent's 'Lady with a Rose (Charlotte Louise Burckhardt)' which hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.
I am very proud to be featured in the full-page ad in the Atlanta magazine Simply Buckhead, promoting the show. Please come to the opening if you can, there's over 200 pieces showcased.
"You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you have, the better it is... unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far." ~ Alice Neel
"If I had the energy, I would have done it all over the country" - Edward Hopper
"It's what you carry to an object that counts." - Andrew Wyeth
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