Can you imagine one day not being able to walk? That's what happened to my friend Diane who threw her back out and was bedridden for months.
During her convalescence, she read "Infinity Net" the autobiography of Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese contemporary artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation. In one of the chapters, it explained why Yayoi painted dots. The artist has had mental health problems, and while she was in an institution, she discovered that painting dots repetitively helped her cope. These dots inspired me to create a painting of Diane. She is holding a piece of fabric with black dots symbolizing the depression she experienced during her recovery, and her tight embrace of this fabric shows her strength and vulnerability.
If you're curious about the symbolism of her tattoos, check out the blog post.
How exciting to see this article in Bloomberg! I think it's about time. There are so many talented artists that are out there struggling to make a living and this could be just what they need to support themselves without Gallery representation (I'll soon post about my thoughts on representation another day). Portraiture has a long history and it was the Egyptians who began the era of using portraits as a way to posthumously represent their dead.
I hope this article begins a new era where original portraits take center stage. A renaissance!
Below is a portrait I did of Howard Tullman, a renowned collector from Chicago. I approached him and he loved the idea of a portrait showing his bad habit of drinking too much Diet Coke. It was an original and humorous approach to portraiture that represented his personality as uniquely his own.
So if you are looking to commission a portrait that is unique like his, check out my work and give me a call at 845-233-0082. You can also visit my commission page that has more information about the process and a few of the paintings I've done. My clients will be delighted to talk to you about how it was to work with me.