Oil on Canvas - 20" x 30"
Regular visitors to the studio will recognize this portrait and might have assumed it was from my personal collection. As well they might. This portrait and a companion piece of her brother have been my constant companions in the studio for almost two years. "Two years?" you might ask. "Why so long?" It's like this; A patron of mine wanted copies made of two portraits that I had done in the 90's of her children. In fifteen years one's skill level (hopefully) improves. I am a much better painter now than I was then. Do I faithfully render the early work in my old hand or bring them up to the present? It is something I have been grappling with for quite a while. Since I still had the old reference, I chose to compromise. They are still very close to the originals but I think they have a certain je ne sais quoi.