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An oil painting of a gentleman and his two German Shorthaired Pointers in a field of grass.

A Virgina Gentleman


Chef, outdoorsman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, working-dog trainer and legendary connector of people, there is a fascinating article about my client in the Washington Post, here

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Oil on Linen, 36 x 48"

Behind the Scenes

When I'm working on a painting I take a photo at the end of the workday, wherever I happen to be, whether I'm researching, traveling or at the studio.


I keep a digital folder and drop in notes, pictures of my progress, things I see that inspire me, sometimes things I want to think about or check while I'm working.


In the end, while many of my processes are similar from painting to painting, each work comes to life in its own unique way and it's fascinating at the end to look back and see how it all came together. You may have to turn the sound indicator to "On,"


The music is Indestructible by David Buckley.

Video: Masterpiece in the Making (Click Play)

"People see the portrait and it stops them in their tracks. They stand and gaze at it for a very long time. Most people know me as a woman moving a hundred miles an hour in jeans and sneakers, so it means a lot that Nina captured another side of me. We're so happy we chose her to paint my portrait. She captured subtleties and nuances of my style and personality that suprised even me.

Thoreau said, "Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?"

When people view your portrait, they cannot literally become a dog or blowing grasses or the wind, but as an artist I can tell your story in a way that can pass through time much like our cells record information and pass it along in our DNA. This is the beauty and power of a portrait to transcend time and place. 


Before I think about color, texture, line, value, shapes, and space, I think about your story and your connection to viewers today and hundreds of years from now. I believe that's the key to a timeless portrait.

When you're ready to paint your story, I'd love to talk with you.

Cultivated by Nina Gates

Oil on Linen, 38 x 48

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