Just returned from a weekend workshop in Chattanooga, TN at Townsend Atelier. I marveled at Seth Haverkamp’s work two years ago at a Portrait Society Conference in Atlanta. His portrait of one of his daughters won “People’s Choice”. I voted for it as well – and jumped at the opportunity to do a workshop with him. He’s seems so young to be so accomplished, but his work speaks for itself. Seth is also a wonderful teacher — he has a real step by step approach to teaching. I appreciated the very specific feedback. You can only do so much in two days, but I feel like I have plenty to think about and try to incorporate into my work.
Seth’s background includes working with Nelson Shanks and Robert Liberace — both masters in their own rights. He has his own unique spin that includes juxtaposition of a devilish look on a young boy’s face while he’s holding some delicate flowers. All done with incredible finesse. You can see his work at www.sethhaverkamp.com.
I also fell in love with the folks at Townsend Atelier. Peggy and Stan Townsend introduced the atelier to Chattanooga. The workshop was organized and well equipped. And Peggy and Stan are simply delightful people. Stan is an amazing artist in his own right; and Peggy contributes such a warmth that I felt welcome and at ease immediately. They offer all levels of instruction and I have only good things to say about the whole experience. You can discover more about them at http://townsendatelier.com