Communication Across Cultures Until Olan

Communication Across Cultures

Until Olan Mills and the ubiquitous awkward family photography, individuals commissioned painters to create an image for their mantelpiece, hallway, or grand lodge. Those portraits, whether a formal oil painting of royalty or a child with his beloved dog, communicate something of their time and place and the personality of the subjects. And unlike a flimsy photography, they are a lasting investment nearly guaranteed heirloom status, or at least the corner of a dusty antiques store. Unfortunately, the art of portrait painting has somewhat declined in the last one hundred years. Napa Valley artist Cathryne Trachok, a former illustrator and commercial artist, is out to change that. Influenced by artists such as John Singer Sargent, Rembrandt, and Winslow Homer, Trachok creates contemporary portraits in a very classic way. She calls art “communication across cultures, time and experiences” and creates quality, lasting pieces of art accessible to everyone, not just someone with a beach house in the Hamptons. Visit her website to learn more about her work and commissioning a portrait for yourself.

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-Jayme Catalano
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All art is by Cathyrne Trachok. Image titles are in order of appearance. “Blue Scarf- Brown Hair”, “Rick”, and “The History Major”