Frank and Pamela Gaard have been creating dual portraits of family, and people they've met along the way. In part, it is socializing. Pamela says, 'it's a way to get to know someone on a Thursday morning'. Frank does a lot of the talking and engaging of the subject. His portraits are comic, expressionist, and cut to the core -to the one bright color within. Pamela takes the quieter observational vantage point. She distills the person and flavors them with touches of realism. "I think a portrait's successful when I catch that verisimilitude; maybe it's the psychology of the person or just a quirk that they do which is recognized by those that know them well." The dual portrait is synergistic. We see the person at one moment in time, through two different artists. They make the complexity of a living human being visible like no other static portraits.
Stuart Mead as a portrait painter -is able to pierce visual reality, sweep away the irrelevant visual cues and render and accentuate the ones that tease the mind --and still we think, 'that really must be what she looks like'. We get a true likeness of the sitter, 'the other' but heavy with Stu's gaze and what he wants of them, his 'self'. Hailed (and dissed) for his desirous overtones, he calls you. Come decide for yourself if these are not wonderful portraits.