Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Unveiling Walter J. Crain's Portrait on Martin Luther King Day at the Hotchkiss School

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.

 Below is a copy of the  Winter/Spring  2018 Hotchkiss Magazine featuring this special unveiling:

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