WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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artist profile "an intuitive feeling for the person" Andrew was awarded "Best of Show" at the Wellesley Society of Artists' 2004 Exhibition. Hale says the years of study have been an ongoing process of refinement of skill and technique to gain confidence and emerge with her own style. Or in words that Kinstler once said to her, "I'll teach you the language of art. But what you say is up to you." For Hale, this means conveying her love for people in how she puts their image on canvas. When a prospective client approaches Hale about commissioning a portrait, often the first question she'll ask is, "Where is the painting going to be hung?" She'll then go to the site, be it a living room, business office, or foyer of a public building, to get a feel for the setting – its lighting, color palette, and level of formality. All the while she is taking time to get to know the subject and develop "an intuitive feeling for the person." Clothing selection comes next. Some clients know instinctively which clothing will work color-wise, flatter their features, and transcend a specific period in time so that the overall effect of the portrait left: Boston. She trained under the renowned artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, a second-generation student of John Singer Sargent. Hale's studio is filled with copies she's made of Sargent's master works. The very act of trying to recreate perfection is in itself the most exacting – but patient – of teachers. Hale has also studied intensively with Kinstler's protégé Michael Shane Neal of Nashville. She took workshops with artists Robert We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 Cormier and Richard Whitney, who pass on the traditions and values of renowned Boston School artist R.H. Ives Gammell. Hale describes herself as part of a larger, ongoing community of artists who have passed down the tools and techniques of portraiture for generations. She studied with master pastel portrait artist Constance Flavell Pratt, learning the nuances of those materials. Her pastel portrait 164 Haley; below: Clark

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