“Ben, Anna & Charlie”

My latest portrait commission, Ben, Anna & Charlie.
My latest portrait commission, “Ben, Anna & Charlie”. Photograph by MooseNChick. http://moosenchick.com/about/moose/

The painting above, “Ben, Anna & Charlie” has been a very special commission for me on many levels. The children (and their parents) are all close to my family. Anna was one of my first art students and the boys are both good friends of my son. I began this painting over a year ago and shortly upon starting it I lost my mother. I am grateful to my clients for being so supportive of my work and of me during that difficult transition. Working on their painting became very therapeutic and when I look at it now I see a lot of growth in me, both from a technical standpoint as well as emotionally. I would often catch myself smiling back at them as I painted each of their faces. And I am sure I will miss seeing them everyday in my studio now that it is finally going home.

I want to formally thank Stacy & Brian for allowing me the privilege of painting their beautiful children. Your family has been quite a blessing to me. Thank you!

No More “Redskins”

"Native American Portrait". Oil on birch panel. 2013. Artist, Suzanne Lago Arthur.
“Native American Portrait”. Oil on birch panel. 2013. Artist, Suzanne Lago Arthur.

Here is a portrait I painted from life in Rob Liberace’s class last Spring. The model is a really interesting guy–a re-enactor who makes all his costumes by hand. It is not every day that you get to paint someone dressed up like him!

This painting makes me think of course of the current controversy regarding a suggested name change for the Washington Redskins. For the record–I completely support it. That moniker hails from the days when the colonies closely associated with Native Americans as a way to emancipate themselves from their European fore fathers. But people are not symbols. We have the Bald Eagle and the Stars and Stripes for that. Dan Snyder-get over yourself! We can no longer have an NFL franchise in the 21st Century representing our Nation’s noble capitol with such a degrading name as the Washington Redskins. In this day and age when the “minorities” in this country are quickly outnumbering the majority, your position is at best insensitive. And a worst–racist.