Kevin Quarmby
copyright 2012 ECR

A portrait is an image of a life.

Sheila Cavanagh
copyright 2012 ECR

As I try to define this word I know there are portraits of people, living and dead. There are portraits of pets and places.

A life is a passing of time, whether it be that of a living and breathing being or a geologic substrata.

The portraits here are those of Kevin Quarmby and Sheila Cavanagh. They have given life to the World Shakespeare Project which they co-direct. Their website says,”Experimenting with new technologies that allow real-time interaction between students and faculty worldwide, the WSP offers an alternative pedagogical experience. Regardless of location, race, religious creed or financial status, students and faculty share live interactive classroom exchange. Shakespeare’s universal narratives provide the common currency.”

This is an amazing worldwide program. I hope you will go to their website and read more.
I painted these portraits in oil paint on 16″ x 20″ canvas. The background collage is printed from handouts the two directors use in their classroom teaching at Emory and Oxford College of Emory. Sheila’s dress is a Chinese translation of a Shakespeare text sent to me by art therapist and artist Hannah Hunter. Living in northern California she says she often finds second hand books in Chinese. A beautiful texture to add to the portrait.

Below you can see one of the early stages of the portrait of Kevin. The glazes of skin tones were still to come. What is pictured here is the underpainting.

4 thoughts on “Portrait

  1. Beth–I like the way in which you underscore the nature of Sheila and Kevin’s work by putting words in both the back and foreground of these two wordsmiths. As Robyn above noted, reading the back story helps us appreciate the depth of who they are and thus, their portraits!

  2. Like what you wrote and the portraits give the viewer a sense of their personalities. I like that a lot!

    Hope Van is feeling better today. When will he be out of town? Maybe we can do something one of the nights he is away. I’m out of town from Saturday the 13th till Mon. the 15th. Most other nights, right now, I’m free.


    On Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 2:36 PM, bethrommel.com

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