Oil on Canvas
February 2017
For this portrait, I wanted to explore the influence of an artist’s relationship to their subject and the resulting painting of that subject. Cecilia is part of a series in which I painted three of my friends. I took reference photos of Cecilia in person, hoping to capture something of the way we carry ourselves when around each other. The resulting portrait is informed by the expressive qualities of the subject, the movement of the reference photo formally, my mental state while painting, and my relationship with the subject.