Thursday, December 31, 2009

Leatrice Perry Galloway

Jennis Roy Galloway

These two paintings were done by a well-known Filipino painter - Fernando Amorsolo - of my mother and father. They are beautifully executed demonstrating the quality of light, softness of touch and thin application of paint that Amorsolo was known for. Here is a portion of what my father had to say about them:

"Following her transfer from the 9th General Hospital on Biak Island and some island hopping, Lee was able to join me in Manila, P.I., where she was put in charge of the WAC Dispensary in De La Salle College. During our service in Manila we met a painter, Fernando Amorsolo. Before the Japanese occupation he had been one of the more prominent Filipino painters. Throughout his long career portraiture was one of the reliable sources of support for his ever-growing family (he sired no less than 18 children).

After some negotiation he agreed to paint Lee and me. Four sittings were scheduled for each of us. These sittings were supplemented by several photographs which he took. Lee decided at the last minute that she did not want to be painted in uniform. She was able to borrow a dress from one of the nurses and Amorsolo obligingly painted this on her.......Amorsolo died in 1972 at the age of eighty. Arts of Asia Magazine devoted the cover and lead article of its May-June, 1984, issue to Amorsolo and his work. His paintings were still being offered for sale by various galleries in the USA as late as 1998."