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The Lovely Loleita.

Acrylic paint on 2 sheets of 18"x24" plexiglass on top of 3 sheets of 24"x32" plexiglass. Date: July 2021.







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The Story Of This Painting.

The woman I fell in love with. The Lovely Loleita.

One of the reasons that I have painted mostly women since coming back to painting a few years ago, is because some of the most meaningful influencers in my life have been women. From my Grandmother instilling in me the belief that I can do anything. To the unconditional love of my Mother. To the many female mentors I have had influencing all aspects of my life. But there has been no greater influence on me than The Lovely Loleita.

Robert Shirk & Loleita Shirk

The image for this painting was taken at Squaw Valley, California in 1986, the year before The Lovely Loleita and I got married. The photo was taken on one of the first ski trips we took together. Loleita and I had a business that did marketing for ski resorts and tour operators that specialized in ski vacations. So we were lucky enough to spend lots of time in different ski resorts in North America and Europe. The woman behind this beautiful smile is the woman I fell in love with way back in 1986.

Neo-Pointillist painting detail

This painting is done with acrylic paint on 2 sheets of 18"x24" plexiglass on top of 3 sheets of 24"x32" plexiglass.

The Pointillist painters of the 1880's were interested in using dots to visually mix colors. They used dots of different colors to simulate blended colors. For example, if dots of two colors are placed next to each other, from a distance they look like a third distinctive color. This Neo-Pointillist painting 'Lovely Loleita' is my latest example of that Pointillist technique of mixing colors.

You can learn more about my journey to Pointillism here.

Neo-Pointillist Painting Detail