Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 16, 1972 · Page 54
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 54

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 16, 1972
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2E--July 16, 1972 Suiiilay Gazette-Mail Charlwton, Wwt v!r»!nl»-- Artist Says Portrait Must Also Capture Personality By Peace Moffat AP Newsfeatures Writer NEW YORK-Mt-"For a portrait to be any good at all, I take for granted that the likeness has to be right. But for a portrait to be really good, it has to go way beyond that and capture the personality of the sitter." So says Zita Davisson, who has captured on canvas the likenesses of such people as Gloria Vanderbilt with their two younger sons, Glenda Jackson, Leopold Stokowski and Princess Grace with her three children, and \yhose work has been shown in 20 one-woman shows, including London, Monte-Carlo, Palm Beach, Southhampton and New York. In the living room of her spacious Fifth Avenue apartment, with its earth-toned furniture, huge vases of flowers on every table, and her own art interspersed with Russian icons and a Picasso drawing, Miss Davisson talked about her work: "I don't expect anyone, even adults, to sit still at a sitting," she begins. "And 1 find I know a person better after they get bored with the sitting--then they relax. It's fun to talk to a subject, but if you know a person too well, it's a matter of not knowing what they look like. I actually don't know what my own children look like until I study them." The artist, who used to be known as--and stL'l is--"the Longines heiress," says even as a young child she was a painter. "I've been painting since I was about 12 years old," she says--then laughs-"No, I've been painting forever. But I was first shown at a ARTIST ZITA DAVISSON 'Captures the Personality' Births 7 Burns, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lee, Mammoth, May 29, girl. . Skeen, Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Clifton, Rt. 3, Kenna, May 29, girl. - Loveioy, Mpffcand Mrs. Ray Michael, Gen. Del., Garrison, May 30. girl. - Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbor Jackie, Gen. Del., Walton, May 30, girl. Berry, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Leo, -6 Second Ave. N, SI. Albani, May 30, girl. Neal/ Mr. and Mrs. Carl Junior, Whitesville, May 31, girl. - Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kcndol!. 3701 Washington Ave. SE, May 31, flirt. VBordon, Mr. and Mrs. David Martin, 1019 Belmont St., May 31, girl. ".Cavender, Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Dale, 900B Kanawha Terrace, St. Albans, May 31, girl. . Lantz, Mr. and Mrs. George Edward, 504 Spotswood Rd., May 31, girl. .'Hughes, Mr. and Mrs. Albert J.imps Jr.. 2UC Prillerman Hall, Institute, June 1, girl. '.Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Lee, Eskdale, June 1, girl. ".Wade, Mr. and Mrs Garry Lee, Rt. 1, Brltlithsville, June 1, girl. - Kincaid. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Edward, East Bank, June 1, girl. - Battlo, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Eugene, 1509 Kirkwood Dr., June 1, girl. '.Davis, Mr. . '·; Mr:. Lloyd demon Jr., Blue Knoo Rd., Mayscll, June 1, fiirl. -Lee, /w. ana luirs. Lnanes kdy, Frame Station, Elkvicw, Juno 2, oirl. ' Hanshaw, Mr. and Mrs. William Edgar, Clay, June 1. girl. '.Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Eugene, Julian, June 4, girl. . Hartwc!!, Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Lee, 5336 Alden Dr., Spring Hill, June 5, 9irl. . Nuckols, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Keith, Ansted, June 5, twins, girl and boy. . Newhouse, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Michael, Frame Sta., Elkview, June 6, girl. _McCloy, Mr. and Mrs. William John, 713 Regency Dr., June 6, girl. -Mullins, 'Mr, and Mrs. Ronnie Lee, Big Chimnpy, June 7, girl. Boggs, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Stephen Elkvicw, June 8. girl. Keller, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Ray, Blounl June 8, girl. Thaxlon, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Allen Rt. 1, June 8, girl. Holstlne, Mr. and Mr. I nwlt Calvin 306A MacDonald St., South Charleston June 8, girl. Coleman, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Har lley, Deepwaler, June S, girl. Scudero. Mr. and Mrs. Carmine Re ch.ird, Rt. 1, Elkview, June 9, girl. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Freder ick, Scott Depot, June 9, girl. Roberts, Mr. and Garland Max 234 Angel Terrace, June 10, girl. Cecil, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Kent, 20 Sun Valley Dr., St. A|bans, June II girl. Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Edward Comfort, June II, girl. Spradling, Mr. and Mrs. Jon Walter Rt. k, June 11,- girl. withrow, M,r. and Mrs. Ronld How ard, 1320 Dutch Hollow Rd., Dunbar June II, girl. Mason, Mr. and Mrs. David Michae Gen. Del., Comtort, June 11, girl. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Alan J3QB Fourth Ave., South Charleston June 12, girl. Holstcin, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dal 120A Forest Ave., South Charleston June 17. qirl. Asnworth, Mr. and Mrs. David Ed ward. 5104 Big Tyler Rd., June 12, airl. Craft, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Clifton, 910 Hcnslcy Hgts., Man, June 12, girl Holslein, Mr and Mrs. Eugene Danny, 2415 Monroe Ave., St. Albans, June 12, girl. Linvil]e, Mr. and Mrs. Jackie Le«, Ridqevlew, June 12, girl. Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Lee, Bcntree, June 12, girl. Hughes, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Eugene, Gauley Bridge, June 13, girl. Burdetle, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Thorn- Sanney, Mr. and Mrs. Clcmet Taylor, 712A Abney St., St. Albans, June 14, twin girls. group shewing in Brewster, N. ".' I had done a group of ballet dancers, and I was 12." * w * FOLLOWING HER natural inclinations, she studied art at the Belmont Academy in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and at the National Academy of Art and the Art Students League in New York. She also taught fine and graphic arts at both the Carnegie Chambers and the Society of Illustrators, was an associate art director of Harper's Bazaar, and operated a boutique on Madison Avenue where she sold some of her own clothing designs. Dressed simply in a purple pants suit and bronze beads, Miss Davisson led the way to her uncluttered studio and noted that she advises her subjects to wear to their sittings plain, classic clothes that won't go out of fashion. "Too many people appear all dressed up with false eyelashes, etc., so they can't get relaxed and don't look themselves. The most interesting subjects are not necessarily the most beautiful, but those who have a certain look that intrigues or baffles." The artist says she uses rough canvas for her portraits, explaining that this puts more emphasis on the figure, and comments that she doesn't like a lot of superfluous background in the portrait. "I like doing groups, because you can work with the abstract--the placement of people provides you with empty spaces," she says. "I once did a portrait of six girls, their mother and father. That was almost a mural, and I admit there was a problem of getting them all in at one time." * * * MISS DAVISSON also says she enjoys painting children, finding their unself-conscious movements fascinating to capture. Her working day begins about 9 a.m. and goes on to noon. Then she paints from 2 to 5 p.m. She recently held an exhibition at the Nena's Choice Gallery of Bergdorf Goodman, and hopes to have a permanent "portrait corner" there. Miss Davisson is not reticent about discussing her prices, which she says are reasonable--$1,000 for a head and shoulders and upwards for a full-length portrait. "So many people are interested in having their portraits done," she says. "And I like lo keep my prices low since I really enjoy doing young people. What I try to do for people is tell them that if they come in for three days, I'll work with them, and I usually can get my best work done in three sittings." What's her favorite portrait? She laughs--"It's always the last one I've done." Flattering PRINTED PATTEkfl spectacular sale group SHOES were to 40.00 799 · 9 99 summer HANDBAGS were to 60.00 '5 $ 10 $ 15 BE FIRST to c a p t u r e the spirited swing o/ side pleats in this flattering shape that's lean and long-waist- ed. Straight sewing! 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