Featured Artist Colin Silverman

Artist Colin Silverman combines traditional and digital mediums to create compelling portraits of celebrities and other personalities. Find more of his work by visiting his website.

 

portrait of a bearded man by Colin Silverman

“Dude” ballpoint pen on old movie script, 18″ x 24″

 

Art has always been an important part of the lives of the women on my mom’s side of the family, My grandmother, mother, aunt and sister all do painting, needlework, weaving, mosaics or some other form of artistic expression.

 

portrait of Andy Warhol by Colin Silverman

“Andy with Warhols” digital painting on Warhol paintings, 18″ x 25″

 

As a boy, I loved cartooning and wore out my copy of Jack Hamm’s Cartooning, The Head and Figure. At the ripe age of eleven, I won a countywide art contest to redesign our county’s seal and I began to dream of becoming an artist by trade.

 

portrait of a woman by Colin Silverman

“Laura goes to London” digital charcoal on photo, 16″ x 20″

 

In college I continued to draw in pencil and charcoal. I also tried my hand at painting, photography and silk-screening. While there, I had two experiences that gave me a voice and a direction. The first was from an art professor named Guy Williams, who forced me to loosen up by doing twenty-minute gesture paintings of nude models.

 

portrait of a young man by Colin Silverman

“Luke” digital painting over photo of antique postcards, 18″ x 24″

 

The fluidity and joy of this practice helped me find my artistic voice and fall in love with the human form, which became the focal point for my fine art. The second life-changing experience was the college’s first computer art class, which introduced me to a new and powerful medium.

 

portrait of Mick Jagger by Colin Silverman

“Mr. Mick” digital painting on concert poster, 18″ x 24″

 

After college and a brief stint as a graphic designer, I became an artist and animator in the video game industry. All the while I was pursuing my fine art at a local junior college at night. After eight years of sitting in front of a computer, however, I decided to make a career change.

 

portrait of Frida Khalili by Colin Silverman

“Frida’s Journey” digital painting with Frida Khalo painting, 20″ x 16″

 

My parents had always been philanthropic, and I liked the idea of making a difference in the world, so I chose to go into the healing arts and became an Orthopedic Massage Therapist. My love of the human form and anatomy served me well, and I’ve spent the last twenty-six years working in my private practice center.

 

mixed media portrait of a man with glasses by Colin Silverman

“Paris Cool” ballpoint pen and white chalk on antique postcard, 20″ x 16″

 

Like others, Covid-19 brought my career to a screeching halt for almost a year, and allowed me to re-examine my life a bit. I realized that my unfulfilled artistic vision was a big part of who I am and was just waiting to be reclaimed and expressed. I found my way back to myself; first through ballpoint pen art and then through digital art once again.

 

portrait of a man by Colin Silverman

“Poet of the streets” digital painting on photo, 24″ x 18″

 

I’ve always loved classic portrait drawing and painting as well as urban street art. My challenge has been to explore these different aesthetics as well as working to combine traditional and digital mediums.

 

portrait of a woman by Colin Silverman

“Dana” digital painting over photo of antique postcards, 16″ x 20″

 

As a way to tell a deeper story about the people I draw and paint, I often use layers of images, music, lyrics, writings and anything else that seems pertinent to the story.

 

portrait of David Bowie

“Bowie Live” digital painting on concert poster, 18″ x 24″

 

I am inspired to paint interesting people from everyday life as well as famous icons who give shape, texture, meaning and understanding to the world around us.

 

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