I Am A Child

I Am A Child
I am a child,
 All the world waits for my coming.
 All the earth watches with interest
 To see what I shall become.
 The future hangs in the balance, 
 For what I am
 The world of tomorrow will be.
I am a child, 
 I have come into your world
about which I know nothing.
 Why I came I know not.
 How I came I know not.
 I am curious 
I am interested. I am a child,
 You hold in your hand my destiny.
 You determine, largely, 
whether I shall succeed or fail.
 Give me, I pray you, 
 Those things that make for happiness.
 Train me, I beg you,
 That I may be a blessing to the world.
This statement, written in Chinese and English, appears at the entrance to the Guideposts Kindergarten in Hong Kong.

The Riverside Art Museum proudly exhibited fourteen paintings from the “I AM A CHILD” Series by the artist, Stephanie Goldman. This solo exhibition was presented in our Mezzanine Gallery from January 19 thru March 4, 2006.
"Stephanie Goldman’s approach towards child portrait painting is truly fresh and unique. One could study the history of painting, and not find another contemporary artist that has captured an adult’s perspective or angle of view of children as well as Ms. Goldman. Her painterly technique accurately portrays the innocent and vulnerable qualities of childhood that are universally valued within all communities and cultures. We were specifically impressed by the mezmerizing quality of the “eyes” in the paintings---which follow the viewer as he/she moves around the gallery space." Daniel Foster Executive Director Riverside Art Museum

The "I Am A Child" series was purchased by an anonymous donor for the Osteopathic Center for Children & Families and can be seen there today.
All of the children chosen for these paintings were three years old. Each painting is oil on canvas, 48 x 24 inches.

You may download a catalog from the exhibition for free at: I Am A Child

Portrait of an American Woman-Pam Whidden (1952-2018)

Portrait of an American Woman_Oil on Canvas_84x60"_Stephanie Goldman

In Memoriam: A Celebration of Pam Whidden's Life was held at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla CA on August 12, 2018. Pam was a long time volunteer and dedicated Art model for over 30 years. Her creativity and large heart will be greatly missed.


Art-models are to figure artists like flowers are to bees
We have evolved together, we depend on one another and throughout recorded time, have always mingled our instinctual symbiotic efforts. The result of this cross-pollination is a sweet honey-like essence: the dynamic figure drawing or painting. The act of a model posing and an artist attempting to capture the essence of a pose is a sacred act where the immediacy of the present moment envelopes linear time and a long three hour session becomes a timeless meditative blur. 

In the early - mid 70’s, finding a really good art-model was not easy. Sure, you could stop someone on the street but that seldom worked out! Those folks quickly realized that modeling was much more than just holding still and many “would-be models” quickly dropped out leaving artists high and dry. One model, Pam Whidden, was an exception and from those days on, was always one of my favorites because she was not only really good (especially with gestures) but she could always be counted on to show up early and work late. By the time the 80’s rolled around, sketch groups were beginning to pop up everywhere and Pam was able to make a living by posing in many of them and finding friends who she could also train as art-models.

Then, by the late 80’s, Pam single handedly changed the art-modeling world by creating The San Diego Artist Model’s Guild which solved two major issues:  1. How could a model be sure she or he would be respected by artists and paid a fair wage.  2. How could artists be sure a model would show up on time and work in a professional manner. Pam’s San Diego Artist Model’s Guild changed everything from night to day in terms of professionalism. In the late 90’s and 2000’s Pam became a part of the Athenaeum working tirelessly assisting at events, scheduling models and monitoring the Sunday sketch group. 

Pam, your pioneering spirit, generous loving heart, dedication to the arts, fun-loving nature and dynamic poses are in our memories, sketch-pads and paintings forever.

Ken Goldman 

Artist, Instructor 

Today's American Woman dares it all against the social mores of yesterday Strapless then and now. She can and will push the boundaries of convention. She is a celebrity in her own social clique, bringing attention to the anonymous fashion designer, artist and sculptor. She partakes in the dangers and curiosities of life and dreams the prognostications of tomorrow. As the iconic mother of America she will risk everything so freedom and justice reigns for all her citizens. Anonymously and with unchecked aging, she works and gives generously for beauty and connectivity to each passing moment.

Portrait of an American Woman oil on canvas 84x60 in.
Last century it was Madame Gautreau aka. Madam X, the well known American woman living a chic ex-patriot Parisian lifestyle portrayed as a model unsettling the status quo. My modern portrait is of Pam Whidden, a known American Woman and real life model living the heart of the American experience and participating as a free citizen in her own country and unsettling the elites.

John Singer Sargent 1884 oil on canvas

Aristotle said, "The aim of Art is to present not the outward appearance of things, but their INNER significance; for this, not the external manner and detail, constitutes TRUE reality."

The Unveiling of PORTRAIT OF AN AMERICAN WOMAN at Athenaeum Art School, San Diego CA.

Sacred Pathos & Catherine of Siena

Tiepolo's use of bravura brushstrokes, virtuoso narrative and depiction of Catherine of Siena left a memorable impression on my minds eye. The visual pathos he captured moved me to paint a derivative of the original. I chose to use a limited color palette of raw umber, burnt sienna, carmine, naples yellow, ultramarine blue and flake white, based on my visual memory of the painting.

Catherine of Siena oil on Canvas 24x18 in.

Giambattista Tiepolo Oil on Linen 1746