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Here's my pretty little painting, well not so little, but pretty nevertheless. She's in her frame, sitting on an easel with her resting on a white background.


The Secretary (Woman at Desk) Painting

Vernon Finney

United States

Painting, Oil on Stone

Size: 16.8 W x 28 H x 0.1 D in

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About The Artwork

During the 1960's, I was living in Las Vegas, Nevada, rubbing elbows with quite a few people who were lounge acts back in those days, but would become famous and wealthy in time. During these days I dabbled with many different mediums, paint types, styles and movements. One of those style was abstract expressionism, and the evidence of it can be seen in this painting which I titled "Woman at Desk" but eventually renamed it to "The Secretary". Using the palette knife technique, which I was taking a course in during the time, I created this piece. My curator, Luis Gustavo Rodriguez, tells me one can see the secretary much more prominently in monochrome (black and white), which is cool, for I've never seen it in that way. Seeing as this picture was done without any sketch or outlining preceding it. Anyway, this painting is old, 60 years old now, and as such the frame looks equally old. The painting, though, looks marvelous, perfect. Done in 1961, its definitely going to be one of those special pieces of historic value, once my name, my art and my vision for world harmony gets out into the world.

Details & Dimensions

Painting:Oil on Stone

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:16.8 W x 28 H x 0.1 D in

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My last painting, thus far, was just recently completed in September 2021. As of May 2021, at 97 years of age, my desire to paint lives on, even though I have trouble seeing properly (Macular Degeneration) and my hands are a bit shaky from time to time (Essential Tremors). Nevertheless, I still managed to finish this latest painting, a landscape, with fields protruding from below a majestic looking column of colorful clouds glowing in the vibrancy of a fiery sunset. Seeing as I have trouble with my hand trembles, I have to complete my work by using the 'daubing' technique, however, not in a careless manner as the terminology may suggest. I plan to outlive my mother, whom lived to be 107 years of age. To do so, I must try to find forever homes for some of my larger and most coveted pieces of art. I've always said I want to donate all the art I have in my possession to an art museum that'll agree to display it from time to time, when I pass away. Yet, finances dictate I should try to use my artwork to better set myself up for the years ahead, if I do indeed plan to live in my own home for the next decade or so. Hence, putting some of my children (original works of art) up for adoption to a new loving home and future.

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