Paulus Vanberestyn1620This work is based off of a Frans Hals portrait of Paulus Van Beresteyn, 1620. The red abstracted shape in the upper right corner of this work replaces a family coat of arms on Hals’ original. Usually I paint a purple under layer for the black clothing commonly pictured in 17th century works. So for parts of this work I allowed these colors to come through to the top layer. This work is 40″ x 52″ oil /aluminum.