Growing up in a house full of antiques with life tinged by the Victorian era, my memories are of a quiet and elegant time.
In my own classical still lifes, I try to recreate those special feelings by lighting various flowers, fruit, heirlooms, and drapery until
I am satisfied that the overall setup conveys a sense of tranquility...paintings that can be enjoyed for many years.
The painting at right, Alabaster Horse, was featured in a recent exhibition "Indoors and Outdoors" at American Painting Fine Art in DC.
My procedure is to set up the objects in my studio until I get an arrangement that I like. Sometimes it takes many hours over several days. I had my eye on the horse for years...it was my grandmother's and I remember it from my childhood. After many adjustments, I finally was pleased with a set-up that complimented the graceful steed.
painting for larger view
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