Sunday, August 25, 2013

Oil Portrait of Father Coyle

This portrait of Father James E. Coyle was commissioned by the Archbishop of Mobile, Thomas J. Rodi, as a gift from the Archdiocese to McGill-Toolen High School, where Father Coyle was first rector.  Father Coyle was shot and killed in 1921 by Klansmen Edwin Stephenson.



I had only black and white photos for reference, so research had to be done to determine certain details, particularly Father Coyle's eye color.  It was discovered that his great-niece had eyes similar to his, a bright clear blue, and it is apparent in photos of Father Coyle that his eyes were particularly bright.

You can read more in this article at AL.com, or at the website dedicated to Father Coyle.

5 comments:

Stephen Anderson said...

Beautiful! Awesome color and wonderful likeness! You always do super great with these portraits!

Faith E. Hough said...

That is beautiful. And now I'm really intrigued about the story of that priest...

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks so much, Stephen!

Thanks, Faith! His story seems to spreading, and I'm glad to be a part of it.

Jason Peck said...

Hey Anthony,

This is a wonderful portrait. I love the way you painted his coat. great color and texture.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hey thanks Jason! I'm very glad you like it.