David and Renee Gillespie, are offering their passion of history and art to you! They are actively seeking commissions and venues to offer a public engaging exhibition of this art.
Miniature Painting was introduced into England in the 1530’ s by Hans Holbein and the tradition from the old world migrated over when Americans began to settle in and desire some of the finer things.
David & Renee use Gemstone Pigments when possible to improve light fastness and enhance value. They use Glass Vials of Gum Arabic, Lapis Lazuli Dry Pigment and Red Jasper Dry Pigment to mix some of their own watercolors.
Allow the Gillespie’s to bring this vivid part of our history to life at your special event and see for yourself what fine details can be achieved with period techniques!
Title: Renee Gillespie
By: David Gillespie
Size: 2 & 7/16” Tall, 1.96” wide
Medium: Transparent Watercolors with Gemstone Pigments, Lapis Lazuli, Jasper, and Amethyst. 24 Karat Gold Letters.
Ground: Calfskin Kelmscott Vellum
“The painting... is lovely. I am astonished on how far you have come with portraits, already.” -Joan Cornish Willies, Hon. Ret. R.M.S.
The Gillespie’s have Conducted In-Depth, Public Engaging Miniature Painting Demonstrations at the following sites;
- George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Alexandria, VA
- The Charleston Museum, Charleston, SC, program
“Tokens of Affection: Miniature Portraits from the Gibbes Collection”, for the Gibbes Museum of Art.”
- Virginia Highlands Festival, Abingdon, Va.
- Living History Park, North Augusta, South Carolina.
- Historic Brattonsville, McConnells, South Carolina.
- South Carolina Powder Magazine, ca. 1713, Charleston, South Carolina
The Gillespie’s have shown diligence in seeking out the best instruction from the most competent and skilled instructors, and are currently students of both of these fine artists.
*Miniature Painting- Mrs. Joan Cornish Willies, Hon. Ret. R.M.S., M.A.A., W.S.M.P.S.G. - Joan is a member of the Prestigious Royal Miniature Society of England. Having painted Miniatures since 1939 and a member of the Royal Miniature Society in London since 1974, she has lately been awarded as an Honorary Retired Member which is a lifetime achievement award given by the Society.
* Portrait Painting - Mrs. Suzy Hart, Suzy has been a professional portrait Artist all of her life. She is a Life Member of the Art Students’ League of New York. There she was a student of Frank Mason, National Academician, for four years, and Gustav Rehberger, renowned figure painter, for two years. Her work has been recognized by three awards from the Portrait Society of America, most recently this February 2014 in the Members Competition, and she is currently President of the Appalachian Pastel Society.
David Gillespie demonstrates at George Washington's Mount Vernon.
David Gillespie demonstrates at Historic Brattonsville, McConnells, SC.
New! Giclee's for sale!
Giclee's (High Quality Copies) of our miniatures, and Joan's are now available!
“David Gillespie truly has a gift for engaging people. Though he has only recently embraced this historic art form, his demonstrations on the history, materials, and techniques of miniature portrait painting are skilled and insightful.”
-Sarah Arnold, Curator, The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC