by Bruce Durst
This is a close up of a formal portrait of a distinguished doctor who retired as the president of the Tulane Medical School. It hangs in the Tulane administration building.
The full portrait measures 3' x 4'.
This is a painting of great spontaneous affection. The photo was taken by the client.
This is Clara, the daughter of Peter Paul Rubens. It is a very small painting and my copy is only 9" x 12". Notice how the side of her head makes a transition into shadows.
This is a portrait of my sister, Linda, a painter in her own right. This is painted in my favored Caravaggio style of having part of the face recede into the shadows.
These two girls in my Sunday School Class. I took separate pictures and put them together for the portrait.
This is a self portrait in ceramic from 1994.
This is a little boy who sat for a casual painting. I took photos at the home of the client.
This is a painting of a young woman taken from a spontaneous photo that I took myself.
This is a young woman posed in my favorite style of the face defined by deep shadows. I took these pictures of her in my home. She is an FBI agent.
This is a painting of a co-worker. I did several sketches of her and she sat very patiently for this portrait along with my taking pictures.
This is a portrait of my last supervisor. The picture is not finished and I have not shown it to her. I hope she likes it.
This is a portrait that I adapted from an advertisement in Life Magazine. (I am always on the look out for great pictures in magazines.) I really like her and she is ideal for my painting with shadows.
This is a painting of the grand daughter of a co-worker. The picture came from a cell phone.
This is a portrait of one of two daughters of a co-worker. I traveled to their house to take over a hundred pictures from which I chose this to paint.
Dogs and Cats have a place in portrait painting, too.