I love working on these commissions. Here’s some work-in-progress photos. I’m excited to see what it will end up like and how it’ll look in the custom frame I’m building for it.
A few weeks ago, I got to meet and check out the process of Colorado and NY artist Christian Rex Van Minnen—a painter who has adopted the classic portrait and still life techniques of Dutch Masters from the Golden Era. As you can tell, he makes some surrealist adjustments to the Dutch tradition.
The process of building up layer upon layer of transparent paint takes time and patience, but the result is really spectacular. Skin looks alive, objects have texture and depth. I’m excited to see where this goes for my own work.
Here’s my own work-in-progress. I didn’t have time to finish it in Colorado, but am returning to it in Portland some time this week.
Meeting Van Minnen was part of a week workshop at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, CO. I was incredibly fortunate to return there this summer.
I’ve been working on two exciting painting commissions. It’s been great to collaborate with these commissioners: first meeting to figure out what they love about paintings and continuously throughout the process until I make work that they’re proud to have in their homes. I’ll post the final products once they’re done, but for now, here is one of the works in progress.
If you’re interested in commissioning a work, find more info here.