Category: Portraits 162 images (Page 1 of 6)

(153 Images; 6 pages). Amusingly enough, my first book commission (in 1996 or so?) required an eyepopping FIFTY, pen & ink portraits of North Carolina authors. As I recall, I was promised (which is a radically different thing from actually being paid, particularly when you’re dealing with small publishers) $1,000 for the job. I ended up being paid in furniture (which I didn’t mind…and all of which I still have). After that?…I found myself being commissioned by a lot of newspapers, book reviews (we still had them back then), and magazines for portraits….and I went from continuously writing about authors to continuously drawing them (which is easier and, frankly, pays better). These days, I do a lot of commissioned portraits…probably my favorite work. Many of these are memorial portraits (don’t ask me how such clients find me out.  I do know that I don’t find myself being commissioned for silly vanity-projects; presumably, those clients go elsewhere).  It’s an odd, but gratifying, sensation to enter so fully into one particular aspect of the life of a person I’ve usually never met (yes…I do work from photographs).

“Portrait of Louanne Watley”

“A Fisher King” (Herve Mommeja-Marin; Barcelona, 2010)

First Loves (for my Father; Greeneville, TN. 1954)

“The Harp Weaver” (a portrait of my longtime friend, Newby Day, & her youngest grandson)

“These Three”

“In the Courts of Love” (a portrait of the Rev. Robert Soka) 

“All of It” (portrait of Laura Argiri; Durham, NC)

“Close From the Start” (Ashley Rose Terry)

“Lean In Towards The Light”

“High, Wide, & Handsome” (portrait of John Reed; Chapel Hill, NC

Elizabeth Chitty, Sewanee, TN

“Nobody’s Girl”

“Another Spring” (portrait of Newby Day & Pip; Charlottesville, Virginia. April 2013)

“Souviens Toi de Moi…”

“When She Smiled at Him”

“Hearts are Bound”

“VALENTINO” (Portrait of Suman Bhatia. 2013)

“Imani’s smile” (for Jaki Shelton Green, with gratitude)

“Dans Le Nord Pinus” (Arles; France)

“Myn Lyking” (Portrait of Sharon Wheeler and Grandchildren; Christmas 2015)

“Bessie Mbdugah and Child”

“These Moments”

“Bette Davis Eyes” (Portrait of Dawne Anderson. circa 1989)

“My Girl” (Portrait of Terry Graedon)

Blanton at Sewanee (second version, twenty years later)

Francesca Matthews

“Other Voices, Other Rooms” (Eagle Rock Farm, Wake County, NC)

Portrait de Claire Briggant

“Anne” (another portrait of my sister-in-law, Anne Mommeja-Marin. Tours, France).

Tous Les Matins Du Monde (Portrait of Danielle, Anne, Max, Arwen,et Julie Mommeja-Marin. Christmas Morning, 2009. Tours)