Sec­ond Honor Award

International Artist - - The Art Of The Portrait -

Spon­sored by: Por­trait So­ci­ety of Amer­ica, Vasari Clas­sic Artists’ Oil Col­ors and Rose­mary & Co.

Erin An­der­son Riegelsville, PA, USA The Healer, oil on cop­per, 36 x 30" (91 x 76 cm)

In­spi­ra­tion: This por­trait is one in a series of paint­ings from Erin’s last solo show, Ob­ject. The show stood to con­tra­dict the ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion of women by show­cas­ing them in au­then­tic mo­ments and al­low­ing them to re­tain their au­ton­omy. It was im­por­tant to her that this work con­veyed fun­da­men­tal as­pects of the sit­ter as a per­son and fel­low woman. Draw­ing on the Ro­man tra­di­tion of carv­ing head­stones with names and life roles in equal promi­nence, each paint­ing in this series was named ac­cord­ing to the sit­ter’s oc­cu­pa­tion or role. Erin drew on as­pects of Pat’s per­son­al­ity—her nur­tur­ing and calm­ing en­ergy, her ground­ing pres­ence, her men­tor­ship of young women es­pe­cially those who came from trou­bled back­ground—and set­tled on The Healer.

Artis­tic Path: Erin’s first mem­ory of want­ing to draw re­al­is­ti­cally was in kin­der­garten. Given an as­sign­ment to color a pic­ture of planet earth, she re­mem­bers feel­ing very com­pet­i­tive and want­ing hers to be the best in the class. She cred­its her mom with nur­tur­ing her tal­ent, and when she was 7, she en­rolled her in small-scale art classes taught by Page Cat­tier. She had them draw­ing master copies and learn­ing tra­di­tional tech­niques at a very young age, and Erin cred­its her for giv­ing her an im­por­tant foun­da­tion to build on.

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