You have a space on the wall behind your smoking room couch that needs something. The still life of the vase and bowl of fruit just doesn't seem to capture the mood and you're a bit old for the neon beer sign. Perhaps Joan van Roden White can help you with your decorating.
The Massachusetts artist has found beauty and inspiration in the cigar and discovered a responsive audience who shares her perspective. For the past five years, she has been putting smoking subjects on canvas. She started out painting cigar portraits on a commission basis. Like the parents of prized pooches in the rococo age, owners would bring their favorite cigars to White to have the visage immortalized…right before the cigars were sparked and turned into heaps of ash.
The oil-on-canvas cigar portraitures measure five by seven inches and retail for $875 each. The Cigar Portrait Collection giclee-on-canvas pieces are $200 each or $1,000 for a set of six.
For more information, go to www.vanRoden.com or call 978-526-4833.