Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 2018

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44 Spring 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine at's not to say he's not partial. "My favorite thing is cats and dogs," he said. "I've done goldfish. I've done two frogs. I've done two parrots. I did a sketch of a snake. at was kind of fun too." You might even spot a portrait of Chet Baker, a jazz trumpeter and vocalist who was instrumental in the "cool jazz" movement of the '50s and '60s, the time Tardell was growing up in New York City. His parents, he said, would go to Harlem jazz clubs. His father was a "scholar of opera." His mother introduced him to broadcasts of "Saturday at the Met." "I was lucky growing up," he said. "My parents encouraged me to do what I wanted, as long as it's safe." And so he did. You see, Tardell also had an interest in medicine. In fact, he was an emergency room physician — for 22 years — until heading for the exits in 2005. "I was seeing too many of the same patients," said Tardell, noting the case of an ER patient who not once — but three times — came in with wounds from drug deals gone bad. "Oh my God, look at those stitches. Oh man, I just discharged you," he said of the discourse. A week later, he said, the patient was back. "Somebody wacked him in the head with a baseball bat. … I was getting a little jaded." Soon after, he found himself in Seattle, embracing his childhood exposure to jazz and spending hours each day teaching him- self to play the saxophone. It clicked. "I was in three jazz bands," he said of the payoff. He landed in Wake Forest to be near his now 34-year-old son, Serin, who lives in Raleigh. "An old family name," he said by way of explanation. Nowadays, at e Artist Loft, he sits alongside a working portrait of Charleston. S.C., in the early 1900s. "I'm struggling with it. … is is from multiple photos," he said of the pieces of various images serving as inspiration. "I want the eye to move around. I call it Frankenstein." You also might spot him with a student, but it's not necessarily an aspiring artist. "I am also a French tutor," he said. "Mini me" — Tardell not only drives a Mini Cooper but has captured one on canvas too. ARTWORK COURTESY OF RICHARD TARDELL Among the creations of the artist, who once taught himself how to play the saxophone, are these examples from what he calls his "Rogues Gallery of Classic Jazz Masters." At left is Chet Baker and right is Buddy Rich. KATHRYN RENDE One of Richard Tardell's works- in-progress is this emerging scene of Charleston, S.C., in the last century. The artist admits, "I'm struggling with it," and for the moment has playfully dubbed it "Frankenstein."

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