I began work on this piece some years ago, when my friend and teacher John Morra suggested I choose a painting I liked and, instead of making a copy, I re-create it with my own props. I have a deep affection for the work of Raphaelle Peale, so I decided to re-create one of his still lifes. I learned a lot doing this piece! I had no idea how carefully he balanced the elements until I tried it myself.
Two friends saw it, still unfinished, in my studio, and expressed an interest in buying it. That was the incentive I needed to tackle some bits that had slowed my progress, and they have now purchased the piece. Before doing so, they visited the National Gallery in Washington, D.C to see the original painting which inspired this one. I include an image here: Raphaelle Peale, A Dessert, August, 1814.
A Lesson From Raphaelle Peale
oil on linen panel 10.5" x 16"