In this issue, Kenneth J. Procter discusses his work in the medium of
powdered charcoal and looks at his own evolution as an artist. The issue
also features a special section on portraiture, a subject with great
expressive potential despite the restrictions portrait artists sometimes
must work under.
mere mention of portraiture evokes strong responses from artists of all
backgrounds. For many, it brings to mind the work of the
masters—portraits by Rembrandt, Velázquez, and John Singer Sargent,
which rank among the finest paintings ever created. Other artists think
about the challenges of working with sitters who are anxious to see how
their completed commission will look. It also reminds us of the years of
practice and dedication required to master the art of capturing a
person’s likeness—one of the most ambitious goals an artist can achieve.