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.
I just received some good news. My painting The Trickster was awarded 1st place at the Oak Park Art League’s Artist Member show. Check out their website here. Below is a photo taken at the show. It shows the frame I built specifically for the picture. I explain the meaning of the painting in a previous post found here.