Description Her bright eyes shyly looks at the viewer, half frightened by the attention. A dark blue shawl around her weathered face shows a wisp of her graying hair. A lighter blue shawl over her shoulders allows a glimpse at the front of her Sunday best pink dress. All this is against a deep orange background.Every day except Sunday, Estella and her mother sell fruit and vegetables.They work from a primitive roadside stand that was a few yards from the main door to our hotel. In her early sixties, her hard life had left its mark on her face.We were visiting Patzcuaro, Mexico. Every day we passed them as we went outside to paint. A deal was struck for them to model for the artists of our painting workshop. I was able to take photographs from which this Studio painting was developed.The original oil painting on canvas may be available. Visit my website: http://www.peterworsley.com for details.
Peter Worsley, Santa Barbara, California Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement Born in England, Peter Worsley came to California in 1956, and to Santa Barbara in 1970. His serious work in the visual arts began in 1996, after retiring from some fifty years in industry. Though largely self-taught, he continues to study with some of the wonderful artists who teach locally.
Always, he has a strong desire to include people in his paintings. To him, people add life. After initially choosing to work in watercolor, Peter gradually introduced opaque gouache into his work, producing many gouache paintings over several years. From these early struggles, Peter has evolved to where today he paints ordinary people doing everyday things at interesting places, in a Social Realism style, using oil on canvas.
Active in the local art community, Worsley is a Past President of both the Santa Barbara Art Association and the Goleta Valley Art Association, a member of the Santa Barbara Studio Artists, Associate Member of Oil Painters Of America, and a Founder and former Director of Santa Barbara Visual Arts Alliance.
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