As a past State Ambassador for this compelling international group of artists, I urge anyone inspired to interpret the human form, be it sculpture, painting or drawing, please consider joining this organization. No matter your style, medium or level of expertise...the benefits are too many to mention. The energy and atmosphere to nurture your artistic soul and enhance your level of creativity, confidence and professionalism is available. Our major award winners represent many nations around the world. Please visit their website for more information as well as local & regional contacts. I'll be happy to answer any questions or refer you to their current State or National Ambassador. www.portraitsociety.org
Member tour at The High
Debra Kepes, Victoria and Sidney Bailey arranged private viewings of the High’s permanent portrait collection and the Cecelia Beaux retrospective. A female contemporary of John Singer Sargent, the exhibit was a moving display of talent and technique. Members enjoyed the day and evening events, including live model drawing in the main gallery, The evening concluded with dinner, cocktails, live jazz, and casual tours of the currently touring Annie Lebowitz and Louvre collections.
Studio Demo for PSA members
Hosted in the studio and fascililtated by
co-Ambassador, Debra Kepes.
Although I have been a figurative painter most of my career, when I joined the Portrait Society of America, I did not consider myself a "Portrait Painter" as such. I joined to find a social circle of more serious classical realist painters when I moved to Atlanta, Georgia. As my new comrades eyed and scrutinized my life's work the comment that sticks with me today came from master portraitist Clyde Burnette, "You do such beautiful portraits but with an interesting surrealist approach." I simply refer to them as "Lifestyle Portraits" and have grown quite fond now taking on select commissions and weaving personalized elements of a subject into the work.