Saturday, July 5, 2014

Celebrating the Portrait as Fine Art

I'm so pleased to have work showing at Haynes Galleries, in their Thomaston, Maine location. The show includes many artists who's work I admire, respect and drool over. The Celebrating the Portrait as Fine Art  exhibit will be up through July 26, 2014.
Haynes Galleries, Thomaston, Maine
Enlightenment, 24x24, oil on panel, Building a Life Series
Click read more to see details, and an article about the show.

Ode to Melancholy, 24x36, oil

There was a beautiful article in American Art Collector 's May 2014 issue about the show, which has traveled to Maine from Haynes Galleries' Nashville location. I was lucky enough to be at the opening of the Nashville show and it was a wonderful blend of skillful execution and thoughtful contemplation. 

From the article: Strickland's "Ode to Melancholy" is an emotional painting of the artist’s daughter. "In the painting, she becomes a stand-in for our universal and human experience of melancholia. Painting her and her sadness reminded me that to appreciate joy, one must fully experience melancholy," shares Strickland. "There is a sweetness in experiencing life fully and John Keats describes this so eloquently in his poem, that I borrowed his title for the title of my painting of Carly."

You may read more about the show on the Haynes website. If you get a chance to get by the gallery, tell them I said hello from Birmingham!

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