Monday, May 21, 2012

A Portrait and a Palette

"Mr. Frank Tourville, Sr." (in progress)   44" x 30"   Oil

I'm beginning a portrait of Mr. Frank Tourville, Sr., founder and chairman of Zeus Inc.  His company makes teflon tubing for the medical and aerospace industries and what started out as a small business is now an innovative leader in the industry.  The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston is honoring him with this portrait.

The sitting took place one morning at a beautiful plantation near Charleston.  I found my subject to be very kind and friendly and not terribly interested in having his portrait painted!  But he was a good sport and patiently posed.  Afterwards I was invited to join him and many folks from the surrounding area for a buffet style lunch at the plantation, a service he provides once every week for the community.

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