are an amazing opportunity to commune with another individual in a very personal way....an intimacy beyond measure. A silent wordless relationship. For me, a portrait painted in love is the only way to travel. I am inspired by real people with real humanity and a real soulfulness. When presented with whiny uninspiring models or those in costume, I am at a bit of a loss, as a boundary has been laid which I am unable or unwilling to penetrate. Portrait painting for me is so undeniably connected to my brain. Painting Delores was such a work of love. She is a perpetual student who is 86 years young. We have been painting together for many years. The muse seems to guide me in these joyful endeavors. The work was started from a classroom situation where she was painting someone else, so the simple shapes changed a bit from time to time as her head rotated both from up to down and from left to right as she dipped into paint. Once the groundwork was laid I was committed and finished as best I could.
A tribute to my friend and colleague Delores. I am pleased.