American realist oil painter, Nathan Loda, has created a modern portrait of a young George Washington with a simultaneous remembrance of things past. Modeled after the iconic Athenaeum Portrait of Washington featured on our one dollar bill, Loda’s portrait achieves a luminous quality by rendering a Grisaille – a sienna, blue, and white underpainting – before glazing the portrait with thin layers of oil paint. Young Washington materialized as Loda added each layer, tweaking facial features and introducing new accessories. The result is a character with an uncanny resemblance to our Founding Distiller, as if he were 25 years old and in vogue.
Loda maintained trademark features like Washington’s heavy eyelids and familiar half-smile, while updating his look with more contemporary components like a sensational “man bun.” Additionally, he layered on a collection of present-day hipster statement accessories, such as a leather monogrammed bracelet, Wayfarer sunglasses, and of course, a tumbler of Founding Farmers Rye Whiskey.
This is not the first painting Loda has created for Farmers Restaurant Group. He is also the artist behind the striking Headless Horse host stand artwork found at Founding Farmers Tysons. For Loda, each FRG project is an opportunity to make an imaginative concept come to life. “I really enjoy working with the Farmers Restaurant Group team. I am so impressed that they’re willing to invest in one-of-a-kind pieces by local artists.”
Nathan Loda is a Vienna, VA native. He received his MFA from George Mason University in 2015 and a BFA in painting from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV in 2011. He is an adjunct painting and drawing professor at George Mason University and is represented by the Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington, MD. His studio work reflects his passion for history, storytelling, and the outdoors. Whereas, his commissioned paintings vary from pet portraits to grand landscape paintings. Loda also enjoys spending time with his family at their farm in Central New York.