Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Painter Gretna Campbell, 1986

The Painter Gretna Campbell, 1986Copyright Peter Bellamy 2010
This is one of my favorite portraits because the art speaks.  It was a beautiful painting and Gretna was an accomplished painter, She painted taught lived was married exhibited and so forth.  I liked that there was just the art, no fame, and no ego, just art. Women artists could be like that - that they had a kind of beauty by not really appearing to care about the trappings of male ego art. They were just faithful to the brush and the canvas.  Gretna put me in touch with Robert DeNiro, Sr., the painter and father of the actor, who I photographed but have never published.


  1. Gretna was my teacher at the New York Studio School in 1973. I remember her as a kind and thoughtful person.

  2. 4/27/2011


    My husband, Alan Uglow—whom you photographed, indeed brilliantly, with his dog, Queenie—died January 20th. I just rediscovered the photos, and wondered where you were.

    Thank you for those images.

    Elena Alexander

  3. Peter, thank you for your all-too-true words on women artists. sloy