20in x 16in | 50.8cm x 40.6cm
Oil on mahogany board
Collection of Mike Verlander
For the story behind the painting, scroll down or, click here
Available for Purchase
Christmas in Paris Post Card$1.50
Flat post card. Blank on the back. Measures 6in x 4in.
Christmas in Paris Note Card$4.00
Folded note card. Blank inside, ready for any occasion. Measures 7in x 5in closed and includes an envelope.
Oil Painting Note Card Set (set of different 8 images)$20.00
Set of 8 folded note cards including, “The Blessing of the Animals”, “The Marionette Theatre”, “The Connoisseur”, “La Maison de Poupées”, “Christmas in Paris”, “The Marionette Shop”, “Day’s End”, and “The Fisherman Mending His Net” Blank inside for any occasion. Measures 7in x 5in folded, including 8 envelopes.
Second Place Oil Painting
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Members’ Exhibition 2006, New York, NY
Behind the painting
Christmas in Paris is based upon the historic Maille shop located in the Place de la Madeleine facing the church of the same name.
My models are subjects from my travels, and though they have never met in person, they are united in a story of your choosing.
One of the best compliments I have received about my paintings is when an English teacher asked me if she could use this image for her students to write a story about the characters. I was thrilled.
My work is highly realistic in style, even if the actual scene never existed. However, I do not say everything in the piece, but leave certain aspects “unsaid” so that the viewer can interact with the painting, creating his or her own story. For example, that is why I often portray characters from behind so the faces are imagined differently by every viewer depending on their own experiences or expectations.