Friends is a medium size framed oil painting of vertical format created by contemporary American artist Don Hatfield in the 21st century. Featuring an exquisite palette made of blue, yellow, pink, red and white colors, the painting depicts a serene beach scene. Our eye is immediately drawn to the bright color of the large umbrella the woman on the right is holding. Her young child is standing next to her while she is handing out something (perhaps a shell?) to the young lady on the left. The sea behind them, accented with delicate waves, occupies the upper section of the composition while the wet sand in the foreground offers a perfect reflection of the sky's color. We are left with a sense of warmth and tenderness. This is a relaxing moment between friends and family, during a lovely summer's day. Set inside an elegant beveled frame, the painting is signed lower right.
Don was born on May 16, 1947 in Long Beach, California. He did not always dream of being an artist. He studied philosophy, theology, and literature. It was not until he met the well known portraitist, Charles Cross, that he really began to explore his talents as a painter. In 1979, on the advice of the premier portrait painter Ray Kinstler, Hatfield moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to pursue painting once again. Hatfield eventually moved back to Los Angeles to fulfill his creative potential under the master tutelage of Sergei Bongart, who had a tremendous influence on him. "He was a wonderful presence and a great teacher," says Don. It was during this time with Bongart that Don diligently worked and perfected his style that we recognize today. Affected by the new mastery of color on film, in advertising and television, he felt a need for a more intoxicating light, another dimension to the beach attraction. Seeking truth in paint itself, he documented that fleeting essence of the tender, the humorous, the enchantment of a special moment in time.
Place of Origin: USA
Period: 21st Century
Dimensions: 35" Wide x 45" High
Inventory Number: RR113