One of my most memorable experiences as a portrait artist, this portrait of Buzz brings back the wonderful times we had together. Buzz is an extraordinary designer, specializing in 18th century French decor. His homes are like museums filled with historical gilded furnishings, murals and historical paintings. He is well known to put on elaborate fetes, five, six course dining experiences, of gourmet delicacies, with elaborate flower arrangements and fine silver, cut glass and priceless antique table accouterments. There is live music (I often was asked to sing for my supper!) and warm conversation with his always fascinating guests. Absolutely magical experiences.
My friendship with Buzz began in 1984 when he flew me down to Savanna to begin work on his portrait, after seeing another of my portraits hanging in an Antebellum home he frequented. The portrait is considered iconic among my work. The strong, dashing figure of Buzz Harper with his powerful and knowing gaze, captivates the viewer immediately and leads us on a tour throughout the painting. This was how he first struck me when he picked me up from the airport in Savannah in his white, chauffeured Rolls Royce.
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