To meet the Artist and visit The Lobster Pot Studio, please click on the link below to see a delightful 4 minute film created by PBS Director/Producer James Nicoloro
Thank you for all visiting my world… and my Studio Blog…
The Artist, Susan Boone Durkee, in her Studio, called The Lobster Pot, so named by Mark Twain who owned the property at the turn of the Century
I spend 7-10 hours a day in the Studio…and usually even weekends.
I have been painting for over 45 years.. I am primarily self trained, as you will see by all my art books and my many painting studies of the masters. Being an Artist is a life's devotion…a devotion to truth, honesty and and spiritual awakening...and very solitary, especially for a portrait artist… so I sacrifice the carefree lifestyle with one of discipline, dedication and concentration.
My reward is that with each portrait, I capture the beauty and immortality of a unique individual's spirit.
Dr. Kevin Hicks, Former Head of The Hotchkiss School, Collection The Hotchkiss School
Lilyan, Collection of the Artist
"Dominick Protomastro" former President & CEO of Phillips Medical
Portrait painting is the hardest of all fields of painting…You have to capture the spirit and likeness of the person……you have to constantly concentrate….look…think…and never give up ….!!!! Your mind and your spirit become one with your subject. The main principles about portrait painting are: values (how light or dark how warm or cool a color is), edges, and accurate drawing…constantly using a plum line to measure the placement and angle of each feature… All aspects of portraiture are very exacting...when you put that final touch, the catch light in the eye, your subject comes alive!
I know I have finished my portrait..when the portrait becomes alive and begins to talk to me...
Woman with a Pearl Necklace, Anna Jansson Sharkey
"Vincent A. Gierer, Jr." former Chairman of UST Inc. Stamford, Ct
(all the small painted details around Mr. Gierer's portrait...nearly drove me to drink!)
"Diana Kulkarni" private collection Boston, Mass.
"Helen Coley Nauts" founder of the Cancer Research Institute
Collection Cancer Research Institute, New York
Paul Newman (Sketch) Private Collection
Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Fund Raiser
The Redding Mark Twain
Collection of the artist
"Katherine" private collection Scarsdale, New york
"Kaye and Sal Pepe" Greenwich, Ct
Pepe Family Collection
"Anticipation" award winner of The Margery Soroka Memorial Award Salmagundi Club 2011
Exhibited in the Annual American Women Artists National Juried Show 2010
Private Collection, New York
Innocence, 16 x 12 oil on linen
President Ronald Reagan, Study, Collection of the artist
Anna Jansson Sharkey (Detail)
Director Barclays Capital
"Mark Twain at Stormfield" private collection
"Saleel Kulkarni" Private Collection
"Honor Fraser" collection of the artist
photo courtesy of David Siedner
Peter Trippi Head Study
Editor of Fine Art Connoiseur Magazine
Collection Peter Trippi
"Jim Thorpe The Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century"
Winner of the Founders Award National Art Museum of Sport 2011
Collection of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton Ohio
The Bouvier Children
Bouvier Family Collection
Liza, 24 x 30 oil on canvas
Muhlfeld Family Collection
This is Captain Stormfield, a 23 pounder, he helps me every day in the Studio
photo Courtesy of James Nicoloro
"Lucille Lortel" collection of The Players Club, New York