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Rossin talks about Sheree Whitfield and that mondo portrait

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Rossin goes by a single name only. Like Madonna. And Cher. Or Michelangelo.

The 45-year-old Atlanta portrait artist isn’t as famous as those icons. But he did get a few minutes in the spotlight of the “Housewives of Atlanta” last Thursday when he did a monstrous 6 foot by 5 foot painting of Sheree Whitfield’s face.

He did that painting for free for the publicity. Normal fee is about $35,000. A smaller, more traditional portrait starts at a mere $18,000. He does 30 to 40 a year. That’s not bad money.

Rossin was happy the way he was edited. “The editors didn’t do much,” he said. “It was very real.”

His publicist helped reach out to Sheree and the show producers. He embraced the challenge and truly liked Sheree, as he burbled quite a bit on the show itself.

“She’s way much more interesting than people see her,” he said. “She has a depth and a very kind, genuine personality she doesn’t show all the time given the dynamics of the show. She was very humble and quiet and sensitive and delicate.”

Yes, that portrait screams “humble,” eh? (It actually captures the softer side of Sheree, as noted, but where will she put it? Over her fireplace mantle? In the entrance foyer? Maybe as a billboard outside on her lawn?)

He has done a bigger single portrait – seven feet by five feet. The subject: Jesus Christ. So we do know at least one person bigger than Sheree!

The Bulgarian born artist says he’s done more than 350 portraits in his life. He has travelled all over the world doing work but came to Atlanta eight years ago.

He has gotten many inquiries and Web hits since the show, of course. Although he already has a six-month backlog of orders, he has no regrets about doing the show. “I enjoyed it tremendously,” he said. “We love the media.”

Rossin’s next project is going to Africa and doing portraits of folks such as Nelson Mandela. Locally, he has done Louis Sullivan’s wife. He is also in plans to do a portrait of Andrew Young, former Atlanta Mayor, Congressman and U.N. Ambassador.

The next “Real Housewives” is on Bravo at 10 p.m. Thurssday. It’s episode No. 10 of 12 in season two and will feature a party introducing Kim’s single “Tardy for the Party.” Good guess that a certain NeNe will be at home griping about it.

18 comments Add your comment


September 30th, 2009
2:24 pm

I cracked up when NeNe asked her where she was going to hang it!! Cant wait for the release party for “re-tardy for the party” yall….


September 30th, 2009
2:31 pm

That portrait was awful! She looked like she had a lazy eye. One was like 5X bigger than the other. Yikes! Monster Sheree!


September 30th, 2009
2:51 pm

The portrait was nice, but it really should have portrayed her holding a shovel while drooling over a pot of gold.


September 30th, 2009
2:54 pm

“monstrous” is right.


September 30th, 2009
2:56 pm

The way her eyes are so far apart she resembles a Hammerhead shark. It pains me to insult the sharks with the comparison.


September 30th, 2009
3:02 pm

“She’s way much more interesting than people see her,” he said. “She has a depth and a very kind, genuine personality she doesn’t show all the time given the dynamics of the show. She was very humble and quiet and sensitive and delicate.” He must have been drunk. Maybe it she has a portrait double.


September 30th, 2009
3:16 pm

Go! She-ray-ray !!!!!! My bad,Ne-Ne is more like Sha-Nay-Nay , remember Martin Lawrence in drag ???


September 30th, 2009
3:18 pm

I really dont like Nee Nee’s fake azz. I liked her the first season but now this heffa has gotten a little beside herself. She is a hater who hates when the attention is not on her. Kandi should have slapped her azz, but instead showed class. Kim isnt as bad as I thought she was last year. She seems pretty real herself besides the fact she sleeps with a married man thats they only thing folks can really speak on but at least she has her things in order. Sheree is just lost. Where the hell she getting all this money from? Lol she didnt get that 7 digets she thought she was getting. That fashion line isnt moving anywhere….so whats up with that mess? man the show is funny as hell though and i’m a fan and the fakeness is just too much lol……but ill be tuning in!


September 30th, 2009
3:38 pm

Like Shanna, I did like NeNe the first season since she seemed the most “realest” person on that reality show. THis season, her 15 minutes of fame has went to her head. She has an over-inflated image of herself and feels she is the most important person in the ATL. So NOT true. When Kandi came, she got an instant attitude because Kandi did not give her her due (bow down) as the more seasoned vet of the show. NeNe please get over yourself. You make yourself out to be the true HATER that you are. You are jealous that Kim doesn’t fawn over you and has other friends.

It is sad to say that reality television producers choose the most GHETTO person to represent women in Atlanta: i.e. NeNe, Sheree, Frankie and Neffe. There are many of us Georgia Peaches with more class than those represented on TV.

Man down, code 10 and I’m out, HOLLA !


September 30th, 2009
3:45 pm

The only thing bigger than Sheree’s ego is that damn portrait.


September 30th, 2009
8:21 pm

Él no es un nadie. Por qué debo cuidar?


September 30th, 2009
8:46 pm

Rossin is a miracle worker! SheMan is quite masculine looking. Somehow, the artist Rossin was able to feminize that dreadful monster. Can’t believe he wasn’t paid for pain and suffering.

Shaneneeeee Faneneeeeeeeee

September 30th, 2009
10:18 pm

Sheree will steal your purse faster than you can blink, she is a real pro. She has been a thief since her teen years and has several arrests on her record for theft. You can’t turn your back on this woman for two seconds, she will take anything that is not bolted to the ground. Watch out Atlantans!!!

Sheree and Rodney...

October 1st, 2009
8:44 am

…2 Ho’s that live in Atlanta!


October 1st, 2009
8:44 am

Huggy Bear from Starsky n Hutch. A girl my wife knows at the police department, pulled her crimanal record. It has a couple of theift charges. NICE. and you say people are jealous of you. May in the hood, it gives streat cred. So maybe the prostitutes have someone to look up to. LOL, off to the Country Club.

Oliver's Choice

October 1st, 2009
9:35 pm

Enter your comments here

Rossin is quite the master…and so classy. Apparently he has integrity because he only had the nicest things to say about Sheree….now that’s a true professional. AND not to mention, that man paint!!!


October 3rd, 2009
8:58 pm

once again ne ne shows her true colors….acts like shes all that and turns out she is completely utterly ghetto fab…people don’t like it ne ne

Someone literate

October 4th, 2009
11:10 am

While she was posing, did Sheree ax any questions? Often, she akses people questions.