Our instructors are very talented and distinguished artists in their own right. Many have their own exhibitions or undertake prestigious commissions. Anne Kullaf, who teaches painting at the , recently worked on a very exciting project for the Drumthwacket Foundation in Princeton.
“In January I was asked to do a painting of Drumthwacket, the official residence of the Governor of New Jersey, to be used on the cover of the invitation for the Drumthwacket Foundation's spring gala on June 20. The event committee wanted something elegant to showcase the personality and character of this historic 1835 site.
This commission presented several challenges. The day I went to photograph the mansion for references used in the painting process was actually when we had one of the few snowstorms this winter! The committee was kind enough to provide additional reference photos of the building and grounds taken in the spring. However, the outside of the structure and the surrounding landscape had undergone some changes since they were taken.
While taking my own photos, I was also noting which trees had flowers, what color they were and how the shrubbery in front of the building would look in the spring. I am accustomed to using a combination of site visits and sketches, along with photographs, as a starting point in my work. From there I aim to capture the personality of the place rather than create a realistic photo rendering.
I presented the committee with three sketches; they chose the one featuring a view of the building from the side with a nice perspective of the Governor's study. From the sketches, I painted the final artwork in oil (image #1). The invitations are currently being printed, and the painting will be framed and displayed at the gala.”
This was definitely not your run-of-the-mill commission, Anne. Thanks for sharing.