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American Portrait, Miss Clyde by Cameron Hampton

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Pastel on UArt paper

I just finished this painting…4:30am.

I’m starting a new series of paintings that are about being mixed racially and ethnically in the south. The self portrait is my first venture. I want to paint in pastel super realistic portraits of me, my sister, my parents and others holding photo’s of themselves or other family members.

What hit me off to do this is a long simmering anger. Although I was lucky enough to grow up in a generation that didn’t care and was open minded enough to think it is okay to have a diverse background, my parents were not.

Another thing that sparked me off was a couple of months ago a so called “preacher” came into my gallery angry that our outside sign said “Holiday Sale” instead of what he said should say “Christmas Sale”. He spouted off about Jews never spend money at Christmas time, that President Obama was trying to turn All American’s into Muslims and a lot of other shit that really pissed me off. (This isn’t the first time I’ve had this happen.)

It dawned on me that this guy assumed that I would agree with him because I look white and that I must be a Christian like him…all assumptions are wrong. I don’t agree with him, I’m only part white and I am not a Christian. I’m American.

So I started thinking about identity and assumptions…and generations of people who fear change and differences. I don’t know where this will lead…hopefully to a better place.

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  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 3 years ago

    simply beautiful

  • Thank you again, Wandering Boo! ;-)

    – Cameron Hampton

  • MIchelle Thompson
    MIchelle Thompsonover 3 years ago

    I agree. Stunning – love it. Michelle

  • Thank you so very much! ;-D

    – Cameron Hampton

  • Alison Johnson
    Alison Johnsonover 3 years ago

    having just completed a portrait myself yesterday I know how you feel, this is truely stunning you have my total admiration : )

  • So nice to get a compliment from another portrait artist! Thank you!

    – Cameron Hampton

  • Randy Sprout
    Randy Sproutover 3 years ago

    Oh Wow! Your powers of observation and rendition are just wonderful here! I particularly like the subtle magnification in the glasses and hard focus and light on the mouth. I just finished a commission on Jim’s Mom where I had to draw teeth, and I never want to do that again. LOL!

  • Oh, yes! Portraits are very hard. Thank you so much for your support and compliments!

    – Cameron Hampton

  • maria paterson
    maria patersonover 3 years ago

    this is so revealing and cant think of any words to describe the beauty in it, Brilliant!

  • Many, many thanks! ;-)

    – Cameron Hampton

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerover 3 years ago

    wow.. Amazing work..fabulous ..such talent you have..well done!

  • Thank you Catherine. I so appreciate your kind remarks!

    – Cameron Hampton

  • MoniqueGeurts
    MoniqueGeurtsover 3 years ago

    Just beautiful!!

  • Thank you very much! ;-)

    – Cameron Hampton

  • Sharon Williamson
    Sharon Williamsonover 3 years ago

    Superb. What a great portrait.

  • Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! ;-D

    – Cameron Hampton

  • say-it-again
    say-it-againover 3 years ago

    Awesome … love it !

  • Thank you! ;-D

    – Cameron Hampton

  • Arts Albach
    Arts Albachover 3 years ago

    interesting style, bright and beautiful. very good contrast

  • Thank you so much!

    – Cameron Hampton

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