The Artist by Mattie Neal

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Mattie Neal

The Artist

2019

101.6 × 76.2 cm | 40 × 30 in

Oil on canvas

  • Honorable Mention / Teens Category

Taught by: Erin Rickelton

Studied at: Lipscomb Academy

Created by the student at 17 years old

I painted this portrait of my father, an artist, in his studio. I grew up playing around his easel and basking in the glow of north light, soaking in the beauty of painting. It has always been my favorite place to be, and when he walked in one day wearing his overcoat and lighting a pipe, I had to paint him. He wears a three-piece suit to work every day, so I was able to catch him in motion without sacrificing his everlasting elegance.