Master paintings, the great ones of which Clara Serena is well within the upper ranks, change as they are seen over the decades of one’s life. We experience great works of art differently when we are older than in our youth.
When planning Clara Serena | toward a professional painting practice, I knew that it would be a significant, perhaps impossible, challenge to simultaneously explain and demonstrate while painting off to the side of my easel (how else could I present the painters’ view to the camera) the highest achievement of portrait painting in Western Art. Clara Serena rests above Rubens’ ouevre, he neither equaled nor surpassed this personal expression of love of both painting and his daughter in his long and very productive career.
Studying and copying master works is the most efficient training that one can pursue: beginners can be assured that they are on the right track and not being led down a garden path to a dead-end, and advanced artists will discover deeper layered meanings and techniques.