Derfla by the Book
While trying to decide which portraits to include in his
self-published book, Kent Paulette didn’t have to dig too far back in his oeuvre to find what he was
The Banner Elk artist-in-residence, also known as Derfla, had more than a thousand paintings from the past 11 years to choose from.
Still, the decision wasn’t as time-consuming as he initially imagined.
“I was surprised by how many recent paintings I would include, because I’ve been so happy with what I’ve been doing the past few years,” Paulette said. “I only picked a few paintings from more than three years ago to go in the book.”
Titled “Paintings by Kent Paulette,” the collection contains approximately 30 scaled versions that focus on a bounty of themes.
Instead of the traditional route, Paulette opted to self-publish his book because he can print out “smaller quantities” than he would otherwise.
“Technology has made it a lot easier to do this sort of thing,” Paulette said.
The cover of the book is graced with one of Paulette’s favorite portrayals of a bear, which he said is one of his favorite subjects.
He has also included paintings he illustrated from photographs to pay testament to his range as an artist.
Another painting featured in the book conjures the artist’s memory of a young girl who would frequent a local studio to gaze at a horse portrait featured at his exhibit. The girl was so entranced by the work that he decided to give her a smaller version for Christmas. “She loved it,” Paulette said.
Women and musicians, as well as their work, have also played parts in providing inspiration for Paulette’s work. People, their reactions and expressions are common themes to his work, as well as external factors for many of his paintings.
Paulette said he enjoys presenting live paintings to include “external factors (he) can’t control” to shape a different experience from painting in solitude.
“One day, I will probably go back to painting by myself, but for now, I’m really enjoying this,” he said.
Condensing the portraits into book size gives fans an opportunity to collect his work instead of spending large sums of money on individual pieces, he said, adding that it also gives him another avenue to promote his work.
Paulette also felt the book would serve as a good “stand in” for his work, as he splits his time at Studio 140 in Banner Elk (located at 140 Azalea Circle, next to Sorrento’s Bistro) and in the great outdoors, were he does a majority of his painting on nice, sunny days.
He also conducts live painting sessions at Studio 140 on the weekends.
To purchase a copy of his book online, visit http://www.kentpaulette.com, and click on the “New Book” pull-down tab.