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 "a process of refinement" left: Ginger in Repose; right: James doesn't appear dated, Hale says. And then there are some fashion dis- Another challenge is that human faces are rarely symmetrical, but a asters. To recover, Hale says she has "rummaged through closets and common standard of beauty is how closely one side of the face mirrors drawers in search of the right outfit." the other. Hale measures the true placement of a subject's features, but Given that many subjects are older, Hale must confront how to deal often will halve the difference between reality and the image she paints with their true age. Similar to wearing makeup, jewelry, and tailored on canvas. For a subject with very wide-set eyes, for example, the final clothing for a special event, Hale says there are techniques for soften- image will still have the eyes set further apart than the norm, but not ing the toll of time. "They are not models," Hale says of her clients, but as far apart as in reality. rather real people who are loved and cherished by those who will view Part of the reason for doing this, Hale explains, is that a portrait is a the painting, now and in the future. "I want the portrait to bring out frozen moment in time. In real life, however, we experience people in their best days." their animated state – laughing, moving, expressing emotions through their faces and bodies. Hale can experiment with different composi- day. He took one look at Hale's finished work and knew his wife would 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 One client commissioned a portrait of his wife for her fiftieth birth- tions, settings, and lighting by taking a series of photos. She'll then cry when it was formally unveiled, "because it was her." A well-done paint a composite, of sorts, from the different images. Objects that may portrait resonates as true to the people who know the subject, Hale be in the background of the original photos fade away as the portrait says, but also can convey some of their essence and vitality to viewers begins to take shape. Hale describes it as "a process of refinement." who have never met them. "The painting will hang from generation to generation." 166 She's working on a commission now for which the initial photo shoot was done at the client's summer home on the Cape. The result

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