Maybe it’s just because I’ve been reading Strapless, the story of John Singer Sargent and Madame X, but I’ve become a sucker for a great portrait artist. This past week I found one while on holiday break in Savannah, Ga. Located just off one of the city’s many charming squares, on a quaint street named Habersham, William Armstrong has one of those Parisian-style ateliers you thought just didn’t exist anymore—gallery in the front room, working studio in the back, and the artist actually in residence. Armstrong, an accomplished movie set painter, moved here following his work on “The Legend of Bagger Vance.” His web site features mainly gorgeous coastal landscapes, but I was taken by his portraits. You can see his work here, but I highly recommend a studio visit instead.
William Armstrong, Portrait Artist in Residence December 27, 2008