“Areil in Candle Light” was painted with oils on linen from a portrait captured during a photography session with the model ‘Areil’ during which she held a candle in her hands to create the warm imagery that is represented in the painting. This artwork consists of thousands of hand-painted “pixels” creating a familiar abstraction when viewed in close proximity but morphing into photorealism when observed from the appropriate distance. This piece is an extremely dynamic achievement and is inviting enough to be used in a residence but captivating enough to hold down a feature wall in a corporate setting. The artist has created a number of these life-like portraits throughout his ‘pixel’ series mostly for private clients and now offers them by commission only. This particular piece is the largest from the series and was the most painstaking to create. Requiring well over 100 eight-hour sessions in the studio and hand painted without the help of an assistant, Ariel in Candle Light is undoubtedly the artist’s masterwork.
Douglas Leon Cartmel is a classically trained architect who has followed his passion to pursue a full-time career as an artist. His paintings are in numerous important private collections including the Dallas Museum of Art.
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