First Place Draw­ing

International Artist - - The Art Of The Portrait -

Spon­sored by: Art­work Archive, Jack Rich­e­son & Co, Sil­ver Brush Lim­ited, Revelite, Por­trait So­ci­ety of Amer­ica and At­lantic Pa­pers

Leon Doucette Bev­erly, MA, USA Gath­er­ing, char­coal on pa­per, 15 x 22½" (38 x 57 cm)

In­spi­ra­tion: Leon’s draw­ing was ini­tially in­spired by his fa­ther’s health. Af­ter a ma­jor stroke, there was a cloud of uncer­tainty con­cern­ing his re­cov­ery. Be­ing very close to his fa­ther, Leon went through a pe­riod of un­ease and anx­i­ety. He found the act of draw­ing es­pe­cially cathar­tic. He asked his girl­friend and stu­dio mate, Melissa Cooper, to pose. As he was de­vel­op­ing the like­ness, her ex­pres­sion—gaz­ing be­yond the con­fines of the stu­dio ceil­ing—it be­came some­thing else on the pa­per. It was a dif­fer­ent kind of ex­pres­sion, as if her eyes were car­ry­ing the weight of Leon’s own wor­ries. The im­age had be­come a meditation on trauma and uncer­tainty. Rather than a young woman sim­ply re­clin­ing, here was an ex­hausted fig­ure, gath­er­ing her strength, hence the ti­tle of the piece.

Artis­tic Path: Af­ter com­plet­ing high school, Leon at­tended the New Hamp­shire In­sti­tute of Art. One of his pro­fes­sors, Jon Si­mon, be­came a men­tor to him. Within a few months of grad­u­a­tion, Leon joined the cu­ra­to­rial staff of the Cape Ann Mu­seum in Glouces­ter, Mas­sachusetts. Seven years later, he still works full time at the mu­seum. Both of Leon’s par­ents were mu­si­cians and en­cour­aged his artis­tic en­deav­ors. The paint­ings of his ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther lined the walls of his child­hood home. Grow­ing up with these paint­ings fu­eled his in­ter­est in art and his­tory and made him aware that art com­mu­ni­cates across gen­er­a­tions.

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