Recent portrait of my good friend Harrison's son, Rocco. I am pleased with the finish on this piece, as well as the overall effect of the loose brushwork leading into the focus of his expression.
Painting children is a great challenge, and some of these recent pieces I have completed inspired me to look into child painters throughout history.
Many old masters, as well as modern painters have tried their brush at the soft delicate form of the young child, some to look at closely are Lucong, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, and even Velasquez's children.
The December issue of Fine Art Connoisseur had a spotlight section titled "New Directions in Children' s Portraiture"concerning the subject that is quite insightful as well.