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Stephen O’Donnell paints in a genre he initially did not know the historical precedent of, portrait historié, which is characterized by its recognizable subject, depicted in historic or mythological guise.
Examples include a French king impersonating a Roman general, an actress as a tragic muse, or a stout Dutch merchant and his vacant-eyed wife in a masquerade of Antony and Cleopatra.
His work has been exhibited locally in Portland, Oregon.