Artist of the Month: Ester Curini

Hannah (oil, 16×12) by Ester Curini was an Animal finalist in the 24th Annual Art Competition. Curini is our March 2008 Artist of the Month.

Residence: New York City


Inspiration for this Painting: Hannah, a gorgeous and free-spirited Boston terrier.

Working Process: Most of my work is done in acrylics, though sometimes I use oils. My subject matter is animal portraits, and I always work from photographs. I start the portrait by drawing, then I paint layer by layer, using very thin brushes.

I spend about three to five months on a typical painting, depending on the size and subject. Hannah was completed in about three months.

Why she creates art: Because I deeply love it.

Best critic: I always show the almost-finished animal portraits to my dog. Only if he barks do I feel completely satisfied.

Edited by Grace Dobush, assistant editor of The Artist’s Magazine.

Artists of the Month are chosen from our Annual Competition entrants. To learn more, visit our competition page.

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