I find it a real honor when someone entrusts me to do a portrait, but especially a posthumous portrait. People that knew the person tell me about them, try to relate to me how they feel about them, what the person means to them, the impression the person left them with. It is a very special experience.
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This is a testimonial from a happy client…and when the client is happy, I am happy (big smile)
Would you recommend Dana Levin, and if so, why?
“Yes, for two reasons. First the proficiency, the aesthetic which is apparent in the artist’s portfolio. But, beyond that, there’s something else. I’m not sure if empathy is the right word, but Dana demonstrated a compassion to understand who Blanche was. I think she took that part of the process very seriously. Like a biographer, if an artist doesn’t understand the spirit of a subject, then the work is lifeless, just the record, the facts or a description. This is more than that: when I look at this portrait I don’t just recognize those eyes, I know the look in those eyes. This is Blanche.”
DJ Narey- Portrait Client
I have been watching the Women Painting Women exhibitions since they began in 2010 and am honored to be included. The show opens September 5th- 125 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC.
Here is the finished portrait painting commission of Anne Rosenfield. Working with her and her husband Noah has been so wonderful. “Wonderful” is a total understatement.
A friend was asking the meaning of one of my paintings. Sacred Love- it currently resides at The Ettinger Gallery.
Sacred Love is based on the painting by Titian- Sacred and Profane Love- Amor Sacro e Amor Profano. In the Titian painting it has been up for debate which of the two women depicted is representing the sacred or the profane love. It was first assumed the woman in the white wedding dress was the sacred and the nude woman was the profane.
I believe the nude women seated on the fountain is the sacred one. She is on the right side of the canvas, as apposed to the left- in Italian, La Sinistra- the sinister. The nude female on the right side is also higher with her arm lifted up, closer to heaven,.
I included a plum fruit in my painting. Fruit in general symbolizes our corporal desires, our earthly pleasures. And the vessel in the center is a symbol I often use. Vessels are protective containers for delicate and special earthly objects that one highly values. Objects that a person might even consider close to the divine. It also represents the mothers womb. The introvert in me also loves the idea of something being able to hide-out in there!
In terms of composition I used part of the image from the Titian painting (the image of sacred love) in the above right corner to reflect and draw the viewers eye to the vessel, as if the personification of sacred love is looking inside.
Dear friend- I hope this sheds some light on the subject!