If you have been following this series you know my tastes in art tend to be animal and landscape centric. I also tend to gravitate towards photography over other mediums. And while I am a firm believer in selecting art that just naturally resonants with you, a lack of diversity can pose a problem in the actual hanging of art. I recently encountered this issue when I started planning out our gallery wall in the den - all animals and all photography. This is not to say that a complete wall of beautifully photographed animals can't work, but for me and the space it just didn't look right. That is why I just spent the afternoon antiquing for old paintings and drawings. I didn't make any purchases but did find one watercolor that could have potential. What I really wanted to find was a painted portrait as it would be both a different medium AND subject content for me. However, if I had no budget I would purchase a piece by Erin Fitzpatrick as I am in love with her style of portraits.
Fitzpatrick is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and is currently working on a project entitled "Baltimore Portrait". She began working on this project in 2008 and has since painted over 300 portraits of notable people, clients, friends and family. Fitzgerald also runs the website Fitzbomb where more examples of her work as well as commission information can be found. Below are a few favorites. Have a good weekend!