Laura is Acrylics on canvas board, Unframed, 8 X 8 inches
Description: Now here’s a portrait that shows one of my influences. Amedeo Modigliani, I’ve read, experienced an epiphany of sorts. He found and lived with anti-semitism in France during his painting period (circa 1909-1914). He also discovered African masks and the artistic urges of sculptor, Constantin Brancusi. These resulted in his often used special treatment of facial features such as eyes, noses, necks and mouths. He spoke words similar to this: I will not paint your eyes until I know your soul. My painting of Laura is one of many tributes of mine directed at Amedeo.
Painting is in my blood. My grandfather and great aunt Hazel in Kitchener were amateur painters in both oil and water colours. My two brothers, Michael and David, are galleried artists in Ontario. I’m a retired book publisher and school teacher (learning and communications skills) since 2000.
I began dabbling with paints in 2017 while living in Philippines. Now I am doing serious work which I want to share with others. I live in British Columbia, Philippines and Maine.
I paint portraits, landscapes, and create collages. Spontaneous and by commission. My paintings have been included in shows at the Kariton Gallery/Abbotsford BC, Reach Gallery/Abbotsford, and private showings in Bacolod City, Philippines, Kennebunkport/Maine. My paintings are in private collections in Canada, USA, Italy, Brazil, and Philippines.
I find myself studying and using the styles of many artists. I’ve learned so much about painting by studying and working in a style made famous by Amedeo Modigliani (Italian 1880-1920).
As a beginning painter I find I need to try many styles until I discover what style works best for me. Also I am aware of the tastes in art of my friends and other people.
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