Everyone is thrilled with the portrait, especially the subject who admittedly was a bit concerned that it would too accurately portray the wear and tear of eighty years. In addition to the marvelous skill of your brush there is no small amount of diplomacy expended. I can almost envision a time when I enjoyed a hint of hair.
As I mentioned when you visited, I am slightly embarrassed by all this attention but hugely indebted to you for such a wonderful gift you have given my family. With my sincere thanks for a job well done.
… particularly apt are David Larned’s portraits rendered in a manner that self-consciously recalls the manner of John Singer Sargent. Their historical allusion to a traditional manner of American portraiture, far from seeming derivative, actually locates, valorizes, and somehow enhances the aura of the sitters. The style seems bestowed as a kind of gift upon its anonymous subjects, as if the artists were acknowledging that their subjects are worthy of the high manner of American portraiture.
– Dave Hickey Writer, Curator, and Cultural Critic Las Vegas
Excerpt from Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery ‘06 Portrait Competition Catalog