Portraiture has always held a special interest for me. Having become a mother of twins has deeply enhanced my understanding of portrait painting. I chose to paint my own boys from a picture taken on the day they were born. This developed into the the most personal, intimate painting experience of my life. I wanted to create portraits that felt so real that I would be compelled to reach out and touch their tiny hands. I developed life-size portraits that paired soft, accurate, realism with a subtly stylized background. In addition to the satisfaction I felt as an artist, I also was rewarded, as a mother, with an overwhelming sense of joy and love that floods over me when I gaze at their tiny beautiful faces. I have always enjoyed painting other people’s children, but I had never before had children of my own to paint. This insight has brought me a renewed sense of purpose when painting portraits. I want others to be able to gaze at a portrait of their loved ones and be transported back into that moment. There is simply nothing like it.
My Figurative Landscapes are another option to consider for a distinctive portrait painting. These landscape inspired portraits are a unique combination of reality and illusion. Spatial perceptions are obscured by blurring the line between foreground and background. As I continue to delve into these paintings, my figures become more integrated with their surroundings. I want to create an elegant, etherial quality that translates into a form of visual poetry. Each painting leads me further down this path and allows for a truly unique portrait.
Commissions: Having a portrait painted should be a special experience. There are many elements that need to be discussed before proceeding. If you are interested in having a painting commissioned, please call or e-mail so that we may begin the conversation.