Copying master artist’s works has long been a method of learning and understanding painting techniques. These pieces were an excellent learning opportunity.
1. Museum copy of “Portrait d'une négresse,” now known as “Portrait of Madeleine” 1800, now hangs in Musée du Louvre. 40" x 30" oil on canvas.
2, 3, 4 ,& 5. - These copies of great masterpieces were commissioned by Aaron Spelling Productions for the set of "The Colbys" - a spin-off of the very popular TV series "Dynasty." In the script, the Colbys were the proud owners of "The Colby Collection of fine Art." The art was both written into the script and covered the walls of the sets. With these commissions I was fortunate to learn the techniques of NC Wyeth, Gauguin (2.)Monet (3.), and Cezanne (4.) among others, 46 in all. Other such commissions followed for Lorimar Productions and the BBC.
5. This reproduction of Pontormo's "The Visitation" was done in sidewalk chalk and pastels for the Santa Barbara “il Madonnari Festival”- 8'x8' on blacktop.
6. A reproduction of the “Galleria Nazionalle de Marche, Urbino" by Pierro della Francesca (14 1/2" x 47 3/4 in. - oil on board), was commissioned by Max Palevsky, auctioned at Christie’s Auction House and is now owned by the Francis Nauman Gallery in New York City.
7. 8. The Getty Museum, Decorative Arts wing is filled with delicate and valuable objects that must be protected from the seismic instability of Southern California. Every piece in the collection has been fitted with a stabilizer, fashioned by the highly skilled preparators of the museum. These fittings have to disappear into the surfaces on which they sit. I was commissioned to do just that, to paint the seismic mounts to match the stone surfaces on which they sit. There are over fourty such painted fittings in this section of the museum and they are invisible. I challenge you to find them.