Portraits

by Edward M. Gowen


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Mr. Michael Brooks

Oil, 24 x 18



Red Hat

Oil, 20 x 16


His Family

Oil 36 x 48


Wading In 

Oil, 24 x 36



The Welborn Family 

Oil 36 x 36 


Tyler 

Oil,  20 x 16



Little Girl with Berries

Oil, 36 x 24


I did this one for fun. I was so enamored with the pose and expression that I went ahead and painted this little girl from a cell phone pic!  It is amazing how sometimes artistic motivation can overcome the want of more complete reference material. 


 Reverend George Washington Finney

Oil, 17 x 14 

The glass eye of the subject in this portrait was my unique challenge. I offered to "normalize" the eye for the client but her response was, "Papa had a glass eye - paint him that way." Another challenge was to paint this posthumous portrait from a vintage black and white photo.  Because the photo had a good distribution of shadow and light I was able to "pull this one off."  A relative (who commissioned the painting) offered a current photo of herself for color reference. The result was a happy client - and the portrait seen here. 

Reverend Mark Grooms

 Oil,  24 x 18




Rings​

Oil, 36 x 24

Collection of the Artist


Cara 

Oil, 18 x 24, Detail 


Hands are always a challenge, especially with the way Cara gently folded her right hand under her chin.  Making sure that the hand looked natural in such a position was a  double challenge. 

The Graduate

Oil, 36 x 24


Although I prefer to work from my own photos, I managed this portrait from a snapshot of a young lady and her horse who together graduated from riding school. 

Wolfgang 

Oil, 24 x 36 

A large painting can offer a life-size or near life-size rendering of your pet. 

Gracie

Oil, 20 x 16


Would you like a commissioned portrait of a special person, family member, friend, or yourself?  Consider a portrait as a gift to a prominent corporate officer or community leader. Pet portraits or renderings of a beloved home-place are also popular.

   Please contact Ed Gowen to discuss details: 

[email protected]   434-851-2765