Making portraits is a recent expansion of my work, starting in 2008. I found that by modulating light’s brightness, direction, color and contrast in the studio I could paint something of a person’s spirit and personality onto their form and features. Combining designed light with my backdrops and sets creates infinite possibilities for adding dimensions of personal energy, aspirations and story.
This group of portraits features the power of eyes. A gaze can establish an instant connection. Eye contact opens you up to vulnerability, a sharing of something about you. This window to some energy inside is what gives these portraits their buoyancy. I feel some privelege to be let in.
The language of our bodies speaks what our words are inadequate to do. The communication in these portraits invokes the vocabulary of posture and gesture.
Portraits – Classical Beauty
My intent in these portraits is to pay tribute to the the classic beauty of human form as represented by the statues and myths found in antiquity. Art forms that portrayed idealized human qualities such as strength, beauty, power, masculinity, femininity, symmetry, proportion and grace were common themes in Greek and Roman culture.