Congratulations to VEEP for winning the Emmy for 2017! This was a short portrait project that I did for props production in May of this year. It was really a lot of fun and a lot of satisfaction to see my work on tv. Selina Meyer, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus comes to her presidential portrait unveiling in the 7th episode of Season 6 of VEEP and is dismayed to see that the portrait is not exactly as she had hoped. Of course, for most portrait work, I aim to do the opposite. Regardless, getting the exact likeness of the client is not as easy as most people would assume, but it really is the bare minimum that needs to be done to make a good portrait. Please feel free to contact me with any private portrait commission projects or prop work for your current production.
The current issue of International Artist Magazine June/July Vol 115 features a 2 page article on my step-by-step painting process in the Art of the Portrait section.
It was a wonderful experience to be part of the Artist to Artist Face Off at the Portrait Society of America Conference in April. I had a great time and it felt good to have a familiar activity like painting to do and contribute to the conference with. It was also an exciting, hectic event with all sorts of familiar and unfamiliar faces to catch up with and to meet for the first time. It’s really a fantastic event that mixes so many artists and facets of the arts community together into a fun and highly creative educational showcase.
Here are some photos from the conference. I “borrowed” some of these photos from the Portrait Society of America’s Facebook page and from Matthew Innes’ Underpaintings website, which is a great online art resource that provides complete coverage of the Portrait Society of America conference every year. I hope you check them both out to learn more!
I’m excited to be participating as part of the distinguished faculty for the Portrait Society of America Conference this year. The conference is taking place in Atlanta from April 20th to 23rd over a 4 day event. On Thursday I will be painting during the highly anticipated event, The Artist to Artist Face Off which will be a group 3 hr portrait painting demonstration in front of a live audience. The paintings will be auctioned off later to benefit the PSOA scholarship program. On Friday I will be doing portfolio critiques and on Saturday I will be painting a 7 hr portrait with fellow artist Ricky Mujica in the exhibit hall. To learn more about this popular and fun annual event that draws portrait artists from around the world, go to the Portrait Society of America website. You can view the complete schedule there and download a copy for yourself.
Journalist Maria Hall-Brown meets artists at the Old Mill in Pasadena to interview for a segment about the California Art Club in a futuer episode for the PBS LAart series. Here’s me painting in the garden there. Very excited to see how it turns out!
The Broadcast times for the segment will be as follows:
February 27 at 7:00 pm on KOCE channel 50 LAaRT
Encore following on March 3 at 8:30 p.m
Artist Kate Sammons inspired by a #tangerine tree at The Old Mill in San Marino for an upcoming PBS segment on the history of the California Art Club. #americanlegacyfinearts #californiaartclub #pleinair #katesammons #nature #theoldmill #ranchero #painting #artist #landscape #california #missions #pbs
Exciting news! The 31st stamp in the Literary Arts series honoring Henry James is now available for preorder on the USPS store website! I was honored to be the artist who created the painting for this stamp and had the pleasure of working with Art Director/Designer Antonio Alcalá on the project. An article by Michael Baadke announcing the new stamp for Linn’s Stamp News can be read online.
To purchase a Henry James stamp booklet, you can visit the USPS Store here. https://store.usps.com/store/