I recently had the opportunity to work alongside FreshFly Films while they were filming a documentary on contemporary realist artist Jamie Wyeth. The day began with Wyeth reminiscing about being a student of his aunt Carolyn's while in his grandfather N.C. Wyeth’s studio. The other half of the day was spent at his father Andrew Wyeth's studio, which was vastly different in every respect. NC Wyeth's studio is covered in objects of inspiration while his son's studio was nearly the opposite; the plain white walls and shadows cast from afternoon sunlight felt as though a painting would emerge within the atmosphere itself. I grew up a little over five miles from Chadds Ford where both studios are located and the three generations of Wyeth artists have always inspired me. Jamie Wyeth is a fascinating and engaging artist who seems to be as consumed and passionate about painting now as he did when he first started. In 1967 at the age of 20, Wyeth was commissioned by the Kennedy family to paint a posthumous and unofficial portrait of John F. Kennedy. He paints with a distinctive style and makes strong images within his rural surroundings of Delaware and Maine. He’s widely known for both landscapes and portraiture but is also respected for his monumental animal portraits, particularly Portrait of Pig and Raven. I have many personal favorites but Portrait of Shorty, Sea of Storms and Pumpkinhead have always stuck with me.