This was actually the first oil painting portrait I produced as a graduate student. Here I’ve chosen a canvas size and composition that gives the painting a cinematic quality. Shadow and light balance each other in both the positive and negative spaces in the work. The understated complexity of the composition mirrors the emotional state of the subject. By peering out of the picture plain she refuses to interact with the viewer, but at the same time the intimate scale of the composition forces that relationship.
Oil on Canvas
48 x 72"