Category Archives for Commissions

A Portrait Commission of Three Generations of Women

A Portrait Commission of Three Generations of WomenA few months ago, I wrote about a commission that went wrong. Today, I want to share a very contrasting story. When a commission works well, the work can create such a powerful and emotional connection that it can be overwhelming.

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A portrait of Walter Benjamin painted by artist Mathieu Laca

Behind the Scene: Aborting a Portrait Commission

Walter Benjamin, oil on linen, 48″X42″, 2020 Behind the Scene: Aborting a Portrait CommissionToday, I feel like shit. I learned yesterday that the portrait of Walter Benjamin I’ve been painting is being refused by the people who commissioned it.

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A painting of Alfred and Georgia by artist Mathieu Laca

United in Portraiture — A Love Story

Georgia O’Keeffe / Alfred Stieglitz, oil on linen, 30″X24″ each, 2019/2018 United in Portraiture — A Love StoryThe diptych that reinforced my belief in the profound link between romance and portraiture.

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Frederick Douglass, oil on linen, 36X30 inches, 2018, private collection.

Frederick Douglass: An American Example to Follow

Frederick Douglass, oil on linen, 36X30 inches, 2018, private collection. Frederick Douglass: An American Example to FollowDouglass represents the America I long for these days. The America whose strength and optimism is rooted in equal chances for everyone. 

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Steve, oil on linen, 42x42

A Commissioned Portrait in the Ancient Tradition

Steve, oil on linen, 2018, private collection, Canada A Commissioned Portrait in the Ancient TraditionA portrait commissioned by a woman as a surprise gift for her husband, and what this has to do with the ancient origins of painting itself. 

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mathieu laca commission

A Commissioned Portrait Destroyed in Transit?

This is the story of what happened when one of my commissioned portraits was reported “destroyed” by Mexican customs.

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