A Mother's Portrait
I always find it humbling when a client is interested in my work, but it’s even more humbling when a client lets me into their lives to create custom work for them. Creating art requires the artist to get to know their audience and understanding their desires and needs. It’s a beautiful creative process of giving. I was especially touched to receive this commission to do a portrait of my client’s mother who had passed from cancer. I’ve worked from many photographs and stared at many faces, but rarely do I get to know those peoples’ story. It was a unique experience to paint my client’s mother in that is was definitely more intimidating, as I wanted to be sure to show honor and respect in this portrait. But I also tried to channel who this person was and is as I looked through all the photographs that my client shared with me.
I’m a sucker for old photos and portraits, so it’s no big surprise that I chose to paint the portrait based off of a black and white polaroid photo. And speaking of my photo reference of choice, it sure was a feat working from a black and white photo and then to reference another photo for color. Just another testament of how important it is to understand values! I learned so much from this process! Thank you Sarah for this opportunity!