The Unveiling of Walter J. Crain's portrait at the Hotchkiss School
|At the unveiling: left to right: Portrait artist Susan B. Durkee, Jay Crain, Adrienne C. Dedjinou, Roger Crain and Head of the Hotchkiss School, Craig Bradley|
On January 17th 2018, Martin Luther King Day, my portrait of Walter J. Crain Jr. was unveiled during a beautiful ceremony in Elfer's Hall at the Hotchkiss School.
|"Walter J. Crain Jr." oil on linen 33 x 28 Collection the Hotchkiss School|
I was contacted in the spring of 2017, by the Hotchkiss School for another portrait commission, Walter J. Crain, Jr. Walter was a beloved faculty member, mentor and coach for 33 years at the Hotchkiss School. Here is what one of his admiring students said about Walter:
It was decided, in order to fully honor Walter for all his years at Hotchkiss, we would create a portrait with a large central image of Walter bordered by small surrounding portrait vignettes. The Crain family saw a similar commission of mine, my portrait Vincent A. Gierer, Jr. former President of UST Inc., that had this motif, and they loved this idea. It was a very exciting commission and I enjoyed painting the fun small vignettes and capturing on canvas such a remarkable and fine man.
Below is the reference photo layout for the portrait.
|Reference Photo collage layout for Walter Crain's portrait.|