It is a dream of every portrait artist to do a presidential portrait one day. This is the closest I’ve ever come to the real thing. This painting was done small scale at a 24 x 30 inch size and then blown up to full scale in post production. 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. With luck that would not be the effect of a portrait commission of mine for an actual person instead of a story character! I had a lot of fun with this project though, met some incredibly talented people and had the satisfaction of this piece actually being used in the production. This painting was completed in late May.
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.
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/
I recently received the honor of being asked to do a couple of demonstrations in coordination with the upcoming exhibitions for this spring. These demonstrations will be an opportunity to see my painting process in person and view a spectacular selection of juried and curated artwork at these gorgeous venues. Come out and enjoy the warm spring weather this April with a lavish display of beautiful art!
“Giving Life to Still-Life” – Demonstration and Discussion, sponsored by the California Art Club
Location: Wells Fargo Theater (at The Autry)
Address: 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Date: Sunday, April 3 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m
Tickets: $30 CAC/Autry Members; $40 Non-members | BUY TICKETS
Description: Gold Medal artists Jim McVicker and Kate Sammons, with moderator and CAC President Peter Adams, share their unique approaches to still-life painting as they work on paintings using similar objects.
“Painting the Portrait in Oil” a live demonstration for the Paris Seminar
Location: Laguna College of Art and Design
Address:2222 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California 92651
Date: Demo with Adrian Gottlieb, Kate Sammons and Sean Forrester: April 8th, 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Description: The exhibition programming will include a live tandem figure painting demonstration by Adrian Gottlieb and Kate Sammons from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on April 8th on LCAD’s Main Campus immediately followed by a reception from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Once again after having missed a couple of years, I will be donating a small 6×9 to the Portrait Society of America, a very lovely and legit organized community of artists who are all incredibly talented and generous with their art.
6 x 9 Mystery Art Sale at the 2016 Art of the Portrait Conference, sponsored by the Portrait Society of America
Location: Washington DC, Art of the Portrait Conference
Date: April 14-17, 2016
Description: Back by popular demand, this program features 6×9″ panels painted by previous award recipients, faculty, and other nationally known artists. Attendees have the opportunity to purchase, at a fixed price, a piece of art they love, the artist’s name is revealed after the purchase.
“I’d love to see you before I go”, a painting of my friend and fellow artist Phelan McConaha was submitted to the 2015 Portrait Society of America’s Member’s Only Competition in November. Results are now in and I’m happy to say that it came in at #10 from over 1000 entries! The painting was completed in May of this year and since then I’ve enjoyed living with it in my own home. Much of my work goes out the door as soon as it’s completed and that’s a shame since I don’t often get a chance to appreciate my art as a collector would. This painting continues to brighten my life, it’s charm undiminished with time and familiarity. It’s really wonderful to have your friends around you, especially in a portrait that you can see all the time.
-Images provided courtesy of the artist, Phelan McConaha. Click here to visit her website:
Phelan creates wonderful works on glass which are influenced by her love of color and Abstract Expressionism. She is known to frequently hike into the landscape and comes back with impressions of the California seascape, hills and mountains which find a way into her art. One of the things I love most about her paintings are the way that the colors and moods shift with your movement or the direction of the light. When I think of Phelan’s work, I think of sunlight and the mosaic of colors on glass that transform throughout the day. She also makes her own beautiful custom wood frames to hold and separate the multiple glass layers in her paintings. Here you can see a butterfly piece, similar to the one I included in my portrait of her, and an abstract one that exhibits the color mosaics that I was talking about. I hope you will check out her website and discover her work for yourself! PhelanMcconaha.com
Here’s a couple of shots of Phelan with her portrait. The first is toward the end of our painting sessions in my studio. I love her fun comfy rain boots! She wears a magnifying glass necklace (her favorite), which comes in handy for her work as an fine art appraiser. The second photo was taken when she dropped in to the studio over the summer. This beautiful necklace is a piece she made herself from a moonstone she found on one of her many trips to Malibu.