I’ve always been drawn to portraiture, to this notion of capturing personhood for future generations to behold and ask, “Who was this person and what were they like?” I feel a portrait should move the viewer emotionally. Does it make you laugh, are you saddened, are you curious?
The question that drives me is: Is it possible to convey someone’s internal essence? Will their personality translate? If I can convey at least one or two aspects of their personhood, I feel the painting is successful. I will spend the rest of my career as an artist and portraitist attempting to capture and captivate.
We are complex human beings with a spirit, mind, and body that changes with time and develops with experience. When I approach a new work, I ask myself, how many of those multiple nuances can I translate so that the viewer can say, “Wow, she really captured who that person is – I see it.”