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Martha Southwell

Original works of art are a wonderful way to capture a memory. As a portrait artist, I paint a variety of subjects, including children, adults, and pets. I was born and raised in Niagara Falls, where I began sketching portraits of friends and family at an early age. Through art courses and many hours of practice, I learned the use of oils, watercolors and pencil techniques. As my reputation as an artist grew, I began to accept commissions and to display my art in local galleries and shows. I prefer to work from photographs and am currently accepting commissions for portraits.

Before I begin a portrait, I try to meet the subject, to get a sense of the personality, true skin tones, and facial features. During this meeting I take several photographs and make notes on colors and composition. I use brushes for oil portraits and blend the colors to create a delicate style. The three photographs I have submitted to the Portrait Society are an example of this style. I believe a portrait should capture the subject?s likeness, personality, and character, and convey that to the viewer in the composition, colors and brushwork. I use all these to create a portrait that is pleasing to the eye, but also captures the essence of the subject.



Playing in the Meado Spring Best Friends
Oil Oil Oil
14" x 18" 20" x 24" 18" x 24"
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