Herman oozed charm like a leaky pipe drips water.

Patricia Horing

Larchmont, New York

Oil, graphite, and collage on panel, 2007

40.6 x 30.5 cm (16 x 12 in.)

Artist Statement:
Herman is part of a portrait series called Omniscient Narrator in which the artist takes on a second role— “author”—as text adds a layer of psychological commentary to the image. As a subject, Herman Elvy has an open face and life-embracing attitude that I tried to reflect in his portrait. A Jamaican immigrant with his own business and four highly accomplished children, Mr. Elvy embodies the possibility of the American Dream.

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