The show is a juxtaposition of contrasting styles, philosophies and techniques. Westendorp is into elegant portraits and all-engulfing skies, while D’Bayan is obsessed with the macabre and “things that go bump in the night.” The two artists will each present a self-portrait surrounded by satellite paintings.
“I think, technically, Betsy and Igan are known for portraiture— and that’s the basic premise (of the exhibition),” said Crucible owner Sari Ortiga, who conceptualized the show.
“When someone sits in front of you for a portrait for the first time, it is the beginning of an interesting adventure,” said Westendorp. “And by the end of the sessions, you have become really good friends. It’s a beautiful experience. You even get to read people’s minds.”
“When I do portraits,” said D’Bayan, “I ask the sitter what his or her nightmares are, or what the greatest fears are.
And then the Payne’s Gray descent into hell begins.”
Call Chari Elinzano at 6356061.