Visiting Portrait Artists Creating New Works at TSKW

Giving Thanks to the Portrait

TSKW artists in residence, Freeman White and Adam Russell, have been painting and sketching all over the island. They arrived at the beginning of November, and the work they have done since features several familiar folks about town. Paintings and sketches will be on view next week at the Historic Armory, and the public is invited to meet them and watch them create new portraits on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 11am to 5pm.

“It’s wonderful to host two very different portraitists, and to have them learn about our community by studying the personalities and people who make Key West such a special place,” said Eric Holowacz, director of The Studios of Key West. “And what better time than Thanksgiving to reflect on all the folks who give meaning to our lives, help create our sense of place, and help support the local creative community.”

Freeman White is an award-winning portrait painter from Wellington, New Zealand. He is making his first visit to the United States as a TSKW Artist in Residence, and he will go on to Scotland, where he has served as visiting artist with the National Portrait gallery, and then has a end of year exhibition lined up in Germany.

Adam Russell lives and works in Toledo, Ohio, where he is in charge of the city’s public art program. He has also completed over 100 portraits and visual identities as part of his Oneness Project. This is also his first visit to Key West.

Both artists will be creating new paintings and sketches at The Studios of Key West, and the public is invited to meet them before the Thanksgiving break. For information, contact 296-0458 or visit

The Studios of Key West