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  • Portrait of Geraldine Brooks - Valentine

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    30" x 24", oil on canvas

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author and West Tisbury resident Geraldine Brooks has a great love and respect for animals of all shapes and sizes, and horses are a particular favorite. To capture that close relationship, artist Elizabeth Whelan painted her in gentle communion with this lovely horse.
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  • A Fair Breeze - Portrait of Ross Gannon

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    28" x 22", oil on canvas

    At the helm of the beautiful wood sloop Eleda, which he designed and built, boat builder Ross Gannon sails in spring breezes through the islands around Martha's Vineyard. The scene is lively and filled with the sense of fresh air and the joy of being under way.
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  • Cynthia Riggs - author

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    24" x 30", oil on canvas

    Martha's Vineyard murder mystery author Cynthia Riggs is a dynamic woman who has been a boat captain and a liveaboard, runs a B&B and a writers group, has many published works to her name, and enjoys gardening at her centuries-old home in West Tisbury. Rather than show her in a typical writer's pose, I painted her as she begins to tackle the late spring growth, abundant wildflowers and vegetation surrounding her.
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  • Portrait of a Working Man

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    22" x 28", oil on canvas

    Wooden boatbuilder and designer William E. Benns is painted sitting against stonework, contemplating the distant islands and surrounding waters. Bill is dedicated to keeping the skills and tradition of wooden boat building alive and well in the Northeast despite the challenges that life can bring.
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  • Portrait of H. Miller

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    22" x 28", oil on canvas

    The goal for this portrait was to capture the sense of a beautiful sunny day on Vineyard Haven waters, with a day of boating to look forward to! The painting serves not only as a source of wonderful memories of present times, but also as way for future generations to gain a sense of a caring and thoughtful man.
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  • Greer Boyle Thornton

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    22" x 28", oil on canvas

    Greer Thornton, co-owner of Atria restaurant in Edgartown, poses in classy contrast to the interior of a kitchen for this surprising take on a classic portrait. Elizabeth Whelan has subtitled this portrait, "One Fine Red".
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  • Stephanie Mashek - architect

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    18" x 24", oil on canvas

    In this portrait painting Stephanie Mashek, of Mashek MacLean Architects in Vineyard Haven, is shown with a background that is rendered as a cross between an architectural sketch and a depiction of an actual building in progress. This talented woman gets right to work with tape measure and notes, checking every detail.
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  • Portait of Karen W. Finley

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    15" x 30", oil on canvas

    Karen Finley is a lovely and dynamic woman of many interests, with a passion for teaching mathematics. The quartered apple, the triangle, ruler and calculator are all symbols of her education career, and the plans on which she is at work hearken to her current renovation projects.
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  • Portrait of Nat Benjamin

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    24" x 30", oil on canvas

    Well-known wooden boat designer and builder Nat Benjamin is captured in the light of a cool fall day, as he stands in a corner of the Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway boat shop on Martha's Vineyard. He is surrounded by the tools of his trade which are piled on the long workbenches.
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  • Mikel Hunter - Edgartown

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    24" x 30", oil on canvas

    Boutique and gallery owner Mikel Hunter sits on the front steps of his Edgartown location, a welcome ready for passers-by. Items that decorate his location add texture and interest to the background.
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  • Portrait of Stina Sayre

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    40" x 60", oil on canvas

    Martha's Vineyard fashion designer Stina Sayre is shown in her design studio; cool light catches the folds of the fabric as it trails across the polished floor. Whelan highlights Stina's posture and captures the attractive designer at the very beginning of her process of creation. Her hands take center stage as she contemplates the draping of crisp fabric around the mannequin.

    (You are invited to visit Stina Sayre's design studio & showroom on Main Street in Vineyard Haven, MA, to view this painting where it is on display.)
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  • Tara Kenny and Lloyd

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    24" x 12", oil on canvas

    A relaxed and casual approach to a portrait results in this quiet beach scene where Tara Kenny strolls in the morning light with her trusty beagle Lloyd. A portrait need not always be a close-up; this method captures a sense of the subjects and the day in a plein air style.
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  • Portrait of Howard Attebery

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    24" x 30", oil on canvas

    Microbiologist Howard Attebery is depicted at the microscope in his home lab on Martha's Vineyard, ready to engage with the viewer and the world of science. It was an honor to be asked to paint this engaging gentleman, whose mind and heart, like the door to the inner house, is open and full of light.
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  • Lost in Thought

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    12" x 9", oil on canvas

    A small sized, casual portrait of a thoughful young man. The treatment of the background captures a sense of the open and rural landscape.
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  • Portrait of an Irish Step Dancer

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    24" x 36", oil on canvas

    A sumptuous costume of velvet and silks shows off the happy attitude of this lovely Irish step dancer. Assorted accolades surround the young girl as mementos of feis (dance competitions) past, as well as various instruments played by her family.
    Elizabeth Whelan paints portraits of sitters of all ages, making sketches in person and using reference images for poses that are difficult to maintain, such as this one.
    To see this and other portraits in progress, please visit Elizabeth's blog.
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  • Eli Dagostino, photographer

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    24" x 36", oil on canvas

    Eli Dagostino is painted as he studies the photographic possibilites of his subject and pose. The dappled light falls on him and his equipment as he shoots on location in Chilmark near the pond.
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  • Portrait of Dale McClure with John Deere tractor

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    36" x 36", oil on canvas

    Portrait of Dale McClure, president of the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society, with an antique John Deere tractor at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury, Massachusetts.
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  • Portrait of Sarah

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    22" x 28", oil on canvas

    This portrait shows Sarah Young at work in her jewelry studio at Vineyard Sky Bead Design. Warm light surrounds the scene. Attention is focused on her welcoming expression and her hands at work.
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  • Portrait with Ram

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    22" x 28", oil on canvas

    A bucolic West Tisbury locale was the setting for this portrait of Val Pires and his prize ram. There were a number of other sheep on hand who tried to get in on the action making it an exciting portrait experience to say the least, and luckily for all the painting was completed back in the quiet of the studio.
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