Jen With Glasses, May, 2017
I've been painting portraits from live model sittings for many years now. Heaven knows I don't do it for fame or fortune; I rarely sell one of these paintings, and I have dozens of them stacked high in my studio. On the evenings when I get together with my fellow artists to gather around a model, it's often snowing or raining hard, and I don't get home again until around 11:00pm.
Painting Jen in the Studio
So why do I do it, week after week, year after year? Because no other subject gives me a thrill the way capturing a person's likeness, and sometimes even their personality on canvas does. I can paint a really wonderful apple or bunch of flowers, or even a sunset and be happy with it, but I'm never as fulfilled as I am after a session with a live, breathing human being in front of me, surrounded by like-minded artists who are my friends.
We are all after the same thing-- to describe and translate the uniqueness of the person sitting before us onto canvas. And when we come close, we feel that thrill.
And we will be back next week!