Shown above is a recent portrait that I completed in January. The subject is an aspiring jazz singer Amore. She is very outgoing and extremely positive. In this picture I wanted to explore the idea a personal responsibility in relation to familial identity. Amore wanted to pose in her Grandmother’s velvet jacket. (Unfortunately, my work does not photograph very well with all the glazing that I use.) As a performer she is very conscious of her appearance and personae. I wanted to get across her inner determination(necessary for all creative paths) via her expression.
The results from the Portrait Society of America’s 2015 Member’s Only Competition have been released. Two of my works received recognition. The drawing shown above was awarded the 9th Merit Award for a Commissioned Portrait. The bust below was given the 1st Honorable Mention in Sculpture. I have written other posts about these works here and here, discussing the drawing and sculpture respectively. More information about this year’s competition can be found on the PSOA’s facebook page.