Category: Portraits

Portrait of William Viles

A commissioned portrait of William Viles for the Elsie and William Viles Charitable Foundation.  A companion piece to Portrait of Elsie Viles.

oil on canvas, 2017, 32 x 24 inches

Portrait of Elsie Viles

A commissioned portrait of Elsie Viles for the Elsie and William Viles Charitable Foundation.  A companion piece to Portrait of William Viles.

oil on canvas, 2017, 32 x 24 inches

McKee Family, Summer Porch

family portrait
oil on canvas, 36 x 42

The Lacasse Boys

Portrait of the the Lacasse boys in Italy. Oil on canvas

Vincent Millay

Portrait of Edna St Vincent Millay, oil on canvas 2017

I painted this portrait for the Millay Poetry Festival in Rockland, Maine in 2017.  This is my vision of what she might have looked like had she not died in her 50’s.

self portrait

oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches

Bear Hunting, Moxie Gore

new portrait commission, 2016
36 x 36 inches, Acrylic on canvas.

At Old Orchard Beach

A commissioned portrait of a mother and daughter at Old Orchard Beach in Maine.

Lili Charles

Portrait of Lili Charles, oil on canvas, 22 x 40 inches, 2013

This is a man I met on Virgin Gorda and he posed while I did some sketches in watercolor and pencil.  Then I painted this oil upon returning home.

Portrait of Jenny

Shown and sold at the 2005 Contemporary Realism Show, Center for Living Arts, Mobile, Alabama.  The use of wax medium (beeswax melted in turpentine) facilitates the more open treatment, allowing a watercolor like fluidity, while retaining the richness of oil.  It is good for a sketch feel while you are working.  This is my wife and favorite model for over a quarter of a century, the artist Jen Cart.

sold to private collection

Daniel Wathen, Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court 1992-2001

Harley rider detail

Harley rider detail

This large oil portrait of Maine’s Chief Justice Daniel Wathen has a picture of a Harley Davidson rider cleverly concealed in the gleam on one of the chair arms.  A man of great force of character and integrity, who once ran for Governor of Maine,  Wathen is also a colorful character often seen riding a large Harley Davidson.  Christopher Cart’s brushwork astutely captures the complex personality of this larger than life public figure.  The painting hangs in Kennebec County Superior Court.  It is one of two portraits of Wathen by Cart.  The other portrait features the Chief Justice on his Harley.

Wedding Portrait

Wedding Portrait of Helen

This classic wedding portrait was painted in a manner reminiscent of John Singer Sargent as a wedding gift to a family friend known since childhood.   The bride wears a white lace gown passed down from her mother and grandmother.  She holds a red arum lily in the same hand that catches a fold of her skirt.  Juxtaposed with these traditional elements of a bridal portrait we have a sharp sense of the bride as an individual.   Her inquiring eyes are focused on the outside world,  through the french doors.    Her pose is graceful, but the torque of her body expresses a quiet alertness.   The portrait revels in all the lush accouterments of dress and room, but our subject is a modern woman rather than a pretty icon.

“Sunday Morning” Langsdorf Family Portrait

Family of Stephen Langsdorf, former city attorney for Augusta, the capitol city of Maine.  Although the Lansdorfs live in a house of breathtaking beauty filled with antiques and art, their personal lifestyle has always been casual, friendly and accessible.  After considering many much more formal compositions and costumes, including evening clothes, Christopher and the Langsdorfs decided on this warm grouping showing the family on a relaxed Sunday morning at home.  Jeanne Fitzgerald Langsdorf’s  slightly more formal pose and attire reflect  the artist’s desire to bring out her natural elegance.   Young Austin Langsdorf looks as though he has alighted to touch base quickly with his parents before running off to boyish pursuits, while his older sister, Natasha, is lost in her book.