Inspiration

When I was living in New York, if all of the planets happened to be aligned, I would spend cold, rainy afternoons at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I would skip right up that central staircase and into the European Paintings Gallery.  I am drawn to the portraits.  They are my beacon in that building. 

I am inspired by the proud poses, the ornate detail, and the light that illuminates only what it's supposed to.  When I am in those hallways, surrounded by these paintings, that feeling in my gut starts to happen.  It's the same feeling I get when I know one of my portraits is starting to work- that I've found my lighting, my composition, and the right mood for my subject. 

 

 James Stuart (1612-1655), Duke of Richmond and Lennox Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, Antwerp 1599-1641 London)

 James Stuart (1612-1655), Duke of Richmond and Lennox

Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, Antwerp 1599-1641 London)