Woman of the Gulf

I was inspired to paint this portrait of a woman I saw while I was visiting the Kingdom of the Bahrain. The Bahrain is a small Island Nation in the Gulf right next to Saudi Arabia. While I was in the City Center Mall in Manama, the Capital of the Bahrain, I saw this woman walking towards me who was dressed in traditional Islamic dress called a abeya and niqab in which only her eyes were showing. She had the most beautiful eyes I had ever seen. Her eyes were piercing green, contrasted with the dark heavy eyeliner that decorated and exenterated her eyes. The customs of traditional Islamic society is that a woman is supposed to lower her gaze when she crosses a man. However, this woman in particular did the opposite, staring deep into my eyes as she walk by me. This woman whom I was infatuated with ironically will never know it, nor do I even know what she looks like, or who she was. After that moment, in which time stopped in my mind, I did a few sketches of her so I wouldn’t forget her look. When I got back to the States, I painted this painting in my studio. This painting is 16×20 oil on Canvas Board. This painting is not sold with frame posted in the picture gallery.

  • Size: H: 20 inch W: 16 inch D: 1 inch
  • Subject: Portrait
  • Style: Fine Art
  • Medium: Oil

$ 1,500.00

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About the artist:

Bio: I am a visual artist with a unique style that bridges the gap between Impressionism and Modern Abstract Expressionism. Although much of my work is rooted in Realism, many of my pieces can also be considered ideal Romanticism. I mostly enjoy painting portraits uncovering peoples stories that in reality reflect my own story. I work mostly with oils in the alla prima method. My brushwork is expressive and loose, although the extent of this depends on the particular work of art as I also enjoy classical layering or glazing techniques. I recently started dabbling in impasto style paintings. You will find many of my new works applying loosely thick loads of paint either with a palette knife or large brush. I believe many more of my paintings will be in impasto as I continue to grow and evolve as an artist. I am a native of New Jersey, born and raised. I have been drawn to portraiture in particular and art in general since my early childhood. There is just something about people and their stories that I hope to capture and express in my works of art. There are many Master Artists that have had influence on my art, of whom I desire to emulate such as; contemporary Master Artist Mark Carder, John Singer Sargent, Velazquez, Vermeer, Rembrand, Courbet, Cezanne, Manet, Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Jack Vettriano,and Picasso. My work has continued to mature and change over the years, keep following me as I grow into what I hope will one day be memorable art enjoyed by many from generation to generation.