Thursday, April 30, 2009


Hana, 2009, oil on linen, 22 x 20 in., 55.9 x 50.8 cm.

I did, in fact, finish this new smaller painting entitled Hana to accompany Devon's Back in the May 1st Grand Opening of Evoke Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It's a portrait of Sena Inukai, Mari Inukai's daughter, at age 16 now. Growing up too fast!

EVOKE Contemporary
130 Lincoln Avenue, Suite F
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501


  1. we almost cry..thank you KW!!

  2. Kent, was this live modeling ? or with a previous sketch ?
    how do you choose your colors, randomly or with some fidelity to the model ?
    ( I missed this step in the Natalia painting process and I´m still curious )

  3. beautiful piece! Funny, between your work and Mari's you can actually see her growing up.

  4. would be incredible if you two got everything Sena in an artbook.

  5. Stunning work! Amazing skin tones and so much life and emotion

  6. Love the texture in this one, deep.

  7. Hi Kent,

    This painting is amazing. I was on Twitter and someone posted about your new exhibition and I recognized your name since you were a teacher of mine back in 1988 at Pratt, my junior year. In fact I had to model for you once for a book cover. Its wonderful to see all your success!

  8. Wow!! Amazing paint!!
    I love your work!!

  9. As usual a wonderful sense of emotion! your work is very inspiring, thanks for sharing!
    i have a question: you said that with your painting "natalia" two weeks passes from begening to the end of the painting; how do you keep the work fresh and spontaneous with that lapse of time passing by?

  10. Pablo: As far as color, I wouldn't say my choices are made at random, but I don't have the model in front of me at all times either. I sometimes make color notes during my drawing sessions, sometimes color studies as well. Of course, I employ my understanding of color and light, and a fair dose of imaginative play as well.

    Keul: Working in layers like I do, most of my paintings do in fact take multiple weeks to paint. I guess I'm able to keep it fresh because I manage to maintain genuine interest in my subject. Plus, though my paintings are not done quickly, my natural hand or brushwork has a spontaneous flavor, I suppose.