Sunday Shoes, oil, 33 x 24 (84 x 61 cm)
The model for my commissioned painting, Bailey, is quite a precocious child with bright curiosity and elegance I don’t often see in children. During our sessions, she maintained a bridled excitement and gentle confidence in anticipation of posing for her portrait. Classic child portraits challenge me the most; there is a difficulty in portraying beauty that feels truthful to the tradition without being contrived or cliché. Part of my inspiration is rising to this challenge. My goal is to have the viewer feel this gentle confidence and reconnect to their childlike spirit that, perhaps forgotten, still exists in the core of our identity.
At a very early age,I wanted to become an artist. My parents were significant appreciators of the arts, and because I was homeschooled I had the capacity to practice. At age 13 I started taking portrait commissions in charcoal. Portraiture work continued through high school and into college, where I received a BFA and BS degree at the University of Mississippi. I continued commissions for the next four years until inspired to continue my education at Grand Central Atelier. In 2017, Michael Klein, Joshua LaRock and I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, to found East Oaks Studio and continue our painting careers.
Daydreaming, oil, 20 x 30 (51 x 76 cm)
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