I have always been fascinated by people - their inner world and their outer form. Painting the human being, standing before the inspiring person, is the ultimate opportunity for me as an artist. The portrait is composed of everything under the sun: shape, form, color, light, energy. It offers endless challenges, not just in the technical sense, but also emotionally and personally. The stakes feel high when I am painting a person - it's vital for me to capture some truth about them, their physical likeness, a sense of their spirit.
The live portrait sitting is where the big magic happens. Ideas and conversations flow, hearts are open, selves are revealed. Such a privilege. I see the person and they see me.