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Anatomy of an Oil Portrait

Each commission I accept begins as a collaborative experience.  My most recently completed commission has been one of the most memorable.  It is an oil portrait of three beautiful young children, two brothers and a sister, ages 10, 7 and 5, who were as invested in the entire process as were the parents.  It was never a challenge to engage any of the children when I was at work with them.  They were very attentive and in tune. During our discussion of the importance of preliminary studies, I was asked by the parents if I could work from life with the children.  Since the portrait itself was … [Read More...]

Book Release

“Let Your Creativity Work for You”

I have been working with Heather Allen, a very talented art marketing consultant who has just published a new book.  Harry and I had the pleasure of attending Heather's book release party this week.  There was huge crowd and the party was so much fun. Heathers book is titled "Let Your Creativity Work for You".  Her book is inspiring and offers practical advice for all artists who are looking for new ways to promote their work.  You can order it here.     Raleigh HQ was a great venue for book signing event.         … [Read More...]

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My Story

I can’t remember a time when I didn't want to draw; receiving my first official Jon Gnagy Art Set as a child, then, years later, enrollment at the Harris School of Art in Franklin, Tennessee. Harris School was unique in offering a rigorous curriculum that combined advertising art and fine art. My painting career began in Abingdon, Virginia, in 1990, when I was awarded the commission to paint a portrait of the retiring artistic director of the renowned Barter Theater. The portrait was unveiled on stage at The Barter, before a full house. I, somehow, thought I would “ease” my way into my … [Read More...]