Sepia ink on smooth paper
Dimensions: 22.9cm (H) x 30.5cm (W) x 0.3cm (D) / 9" (H) x 12" (W) x 0.12" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
A friend sent me an image of this beautiful stone carving and I knew immediately that I had to make a drawing of it. The original is rather broken up, so I took some creative license and made it look closer to what it must have looked like in its day. I was struck by the theme of the angel touching the exposed forearm of one of the kings and pointing her finger up at the Star of Bethlehem. The other two magi are asleep, but the one she is touching is quite obviously awake. I have no religious interest in this object, but am fascinated by the narrative depicted and the mastery of the stone carver, who was 300 years ahead of his time in terms of the way he could render perspective, the figure in space and the lovely face of the angel. As with all my recent pictures, I tried to be as true to the original as possible and render the object in a real and believable way. This drawing is as yet unframed and measures 9"x12"
Based in: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
I was born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA in 1948. From a very early age I began to draw and paint and now at 74 I am still doing it. After serving in the Army I came back to the US and enrolled in the Kansas City Art Institute, where I earned a degree in painting and printmaking. In 1975 I moved to New York City, where I had a painting studio in a loft in the garment district. While In New York, I produced a number of large abstract oil paintings while I studied and did research at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum. In 1980 I moved to Southern California, where I had studios in Ventura and Ojai. During this time I painted a number of landscapes and narrative paintings. In 1983 I moved to Japan, where I lived for 2 years and studied traditional Japanese painting and scroll making. I had a number of solo exhibitions while living there. In 1985 I returned to Southern California and continued to paint until I moved to South Carolina in 2002. I now maintain a studio here in Columbia, South Carolina, where I paint every day.
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