“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.