The Scholar and the Saint by Russell Recchion

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Russell Recchion

The Scholar and the Saint


101.6 x 76.2 cm | 40 x 30 in

Oil on canvas

  • Honorable Mention / Portraiture

The model for this portait came this day to pose for a 3 hour head study. During his break he reached over and grabbed the cane I had resting next to him. He leaned forward and started talking to me. When I looked up from cleaning my palette I said "ISAAC DON'T MOVE!" This pose was perfect. I composed the background to include a religious statue I call "the Saint". The model for this portrait is an amateur biblical scholar. Thus the name "The Scholar and the Saint" I decided to include myself reflected in the mirror as I was painting him.