48 X 36
Oil on canvas
Reporter/Anchor 90.5 WESA Radio, curator of the Pfeffer News blog.
Larkin’s radio voice conveys both an incisive intelligence as well as a sonorous gravity that makes her the perfect radio presence for Pittsburghers listening to 90.5 WESA. I first met Larkin a few years ago, back in 2009, at the opening of The End: Analyzing Art and Troubled Times, a show curated by Eric Shiner at the Warhol. I so enjoyed meeting Larkin that night and have since become a fan of her work, not only listening to her voice in the afternoons and evenings as the host of Pittsburgh’s NPR programming, but also for her reporting, including her series “Artists on Air,” insightful profiles of Pittsburgh artists that I greatly admired. In addition to her own work, Larkin’s passion for journalism led her to create Pfeffer News, a blog highlighting excellence in public radio journalism. Larkin brought three looks to our photo shoot, but this buttery yellow sundress immediately caught my attention. In this painting, I wanted to capture the qualities that make Larkin effective as a journalist—her intelligence, poise, inquisitiveness and authority—while at the same time using her yellow sundress to convey her disarming, cheerful personality.