Atelier · December 1, 2006

Friday in the atelier: “Country Quilt” by William Whitaker

William Whitaker, born 1943, is a living master. Mr. Whitaker came to love art through his father, who was a working artist. The younger Whitaker disliked the modern abstract art trends that were at the height of fashion in the 1960s, so it was his good fortune that he was able to train in the academic style of figure painting and drawing under portrait painter Alvin Gittins; who was head of the art department at the University of Utah at that time.

Mr. Whitaker is still creating wonderful art, and has even gone so far as to create a website where the lay person can view his magic in action, and perhaps learn some of the techniques that he uses. I’ve spent several happy hours on his web site.

I’m very attracted to several of Mr. Whitaker’s paintings, so it is very difficult for me to pick just one to display today. This is a cropped detail of “Country Quilt”, which is one of my top 5 favorites from his works. Click on the painting to take you to the full painting hosted on William Whitaker’s website.

The colors in this painting are fantastic, as is the amount of detail placed in such a small area. The painting is a mere 10 x 12 inches, which to me means that Mr. Whitaker is very good with precision brush strokes. I love how the light reflects off the model’s knees, which seems to further bring this painting to life.

Do yourself a favor, explore William Whitaker’s web site and see what he’s working on. If you love great art, you won’t be disappointed.