Rina & Samantha
12" x 12"
“A Portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth” — John Singer Sargent
I just loved the reference photo that Rina sent me of her and her daughter, Samantha and was excited about this commission. I did not imagine that it would be so much of a struggle and challenge. This painting felt like it was on my easel forever. In a period of 3 months, it went through many changes. I painted and repainted. Stepped back and let it sit on my easel for weeks before returning to it. I kept on pushing and reaching deeper within myself. I don’t think I ever struggled so much painting a mouth. Fortunately there was no time pressure of a deadline. …and then one morning I got up and just new what to do to complete the painting. I am happy with the final version, but more than that, Rina is happy with the final version.
Original in private collection.
Completed: November 2021
- Acrylic on Birch Wood Panel Canvas