"Smith Memorial Arch" 2014 oil on canvas 48" x 50"
(Private Collection, Philadelphia, PA)
Some friends asked me to make a painting for their home. They had no particular subject matter in mind but they wanted something large and commanding. Since they live in Philadelphia and they like traditional styles and architecture, I decided to paint what I always knew as The Whispering Benches. Yes, there are no benches in this painting. The subject is actually called the Smith Memorial Arch for some war hero named Smith. Around the base of the memorial are two curved benches and when you sit at one end and whisper, a person sitting at the other end can hear you.
I made some sketches and took some photos and went back to my studio to paint. I have two favorite parts of theis painting; the horse on top and the window way off to the right on a white row house in the distance.
My friends bought a new brown leather sofa that would sit under this painting so I made the lower foreground in browns to coordinate. It worked.