Monday, November 5, 2012

Museum Exhibit: Historical Portraits

For the past couple of months I have been working very hard on twelve historical portraits of various historical figures of colonial upstate New York. You can see that some of the figures are Native Americans of the Seneca nation, while some are colonists of various European descent. I had a lot of fun researching this project and working with the staff of the museum to come up with historically accurate clothing, props, hair, etc.

I did the images all traditionally in graphite, watercolor and ink. The portraits will be displayed life size throughout the exhibit amongst various props and setting displays of the time. I am so excited to have been a part of this project. If you find yourself in the Finger Lakes Region of New York please stop by the Ontario County Historical Museum. This exhibit is slated to go up in December. YAY!

Oliver Phelps

Arent VanCurler

Catherine Montour


Louis Joncaire

Marquis Denonville

Mary Jemison

Pieter Schuyler

William Johnson

Red Jacket

Seneca Man

Seneca Woman


  1. wow! so cool. i love the props you chose to put in the illustration with each picture. but i think chainbreaker may haunt my dreams for a little while. he looks intense!

  2. HAH! I think Chainbreaker is supposed to haunt your dreams. He was a fearless warrior. Thanks Ash!

  3. Catharine Montour is my favorite. From a non "artist" critical eye all I can say is Amazing work.