I choose to paint portraits as a way of recording a slice of time and the people in it. I am creating an heirloom and quite possibly an historical record. While moving towards my goal of becoming a Master of fine art portraiture, I work to capture the true being of the subject and at the same time produce a work of art.
My process includes studying paintings by the Masters of the past and great artists of today. This allows me to adopt parts of their techniques and styles in development of my own. I have and will continue to attend workshops taught by some of today’s most successful portrait artists. As a member of the Portrait Society of America, I have access to highly accomplished mentors. Being a self- taught portrait artist, each painting brings me a feeling of accomplishment and integrity.
During my studies of great artist, I feel in love with the works of Norman Rockwell. This has led to my series of cheeky Rockwellian inspired redos of past Saturday Evening Post covers where I have replaced Rockwell’s subjects with my own family and friends. I take the tone of the painting to an everyday American eroticism. I refer to this as, “The Fifth Freedom,” and my pseudonym for the series is Norma Cockwell. It is my goal here to tastefully depict the playful and risqué side of American everyday life in the realistic illustrative style of Norman Rockwell.No artist statement at this time