Viewers often wonder where artists find their models. For Utah-based painter Casey Childs, the answer is, everywhere—even at his favorite local café. One day not long ago, Childs was having lunch with his wife, Amanda, when he noticed their young server. “She had beautiful long brown hair and looked just like a model from a Waterhouse painting,” he says, referring to British painter John William Waterhouse [1849-1917]. Childs asked the young woman to model, and they set a date. But when she arrived on the scheduled day, her long brown tresses had been chopped off to her chin, and the hair that remained was dyed orange. “I wondered, ‘What am I going to do with this?’” Childs says.

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American Legacy Fine Arts presents Casey Childs in Southwest Art Magazine, December 2018.