Those who are in love with practice without knowledge or like the sailor who gets into a ship without rudder or compass and who never can be certain whether he is going. -Leonardo da Vinci
In addition to her outrageous talent, Jocelyn Henry one of my all-time favorite people, down-to-earth, clear about her convictions and smart as a whip!
To me it's pretty obvious what's missing: a strategic picture making mentality that goes way beyond copying, which I rarely see in contemporary realism.
Just to give you some sort of indication, this painting is Marvin Mattelson's latest workshop demonstration.
In my teaching, I offer a different point of view. Decision-making is at the heart of all my teaching. Once you understand it you will be able to forge your own path.
My former student, Mary Beth Lumley, sent to me the following after taking my drawing workshop. I've also enclosed some images of her exquisite drawing.
The goal of my teaching is to cultivate each student's understanding of the underlying principles that inform the decision-making process.
The purpose of my teaching is to transform and empower my students to be the best possible version of themselves. Here are some examples from this past fall 2016 semester.
Marvin Mattelson is an award winning portrait artist and educator with over 40 years experience as a professional artist as well as a member of the faculty at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Marvin teaches virtual painting classes to students around the globe. You can read Marvin's biography, commission him to paint your portrait, find out more about his teaching or start a dialog by contacting him directly.