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David Vanadia David Vanadia David Vanadia Jesse Morgan Young Paul Susi Claire Barker Madeleine Sanford Paula Nett Paula Nett Justin Oswald Willie Smith Mary and Bob Seemel Ruth Herrington brothers Jacob Fenston Rory Stitt Tomaz Bukovnik Harry Braunstein Christine Hoekenga Lyndsay Hogland painted portrait painted portrait painted portrait painted portrait portrait of a woman American artist Gwenn Seemel

The surrealist painter René Magritte once painted over two hundred paintings in a single year, so I challenged myself to do the same in 2005. I didn’t break sixty—and that’s counting the works from my two conceptual series of 2005 along with the paintings shown here, and a number of others not on this site. My hat is off to Magritte!

Besides testing my mettle as an artist, 2005 was about love for me—and, more specifically, about the beginning of a love that endures. That summer, I met the man who is now my partner, and from the first David has helped me to be a better artist. I was finishing up Private Masks and Public Faces when my partner came into my life, but the discussions we had about these series shaped their presentation significantly. In 2006, he affected my work more obviously by actually becoming a part of my conceptual series, Mutually Beneficial.

Seemel’s portraits...are deeply accomplished.

— - DK Row, The Oregonian, October 2005