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.