Each portrait begins with a consultation which lasts an hour or two in person or via Skype. Through a series of questions, I build a thorough mental picture of your talents, passions, and desires which ultimately begin to unveil your essence or “imprint”. The consultations themselves have seemed to be therapeutic and even catalytic as they may prompt you to reconnect with dormant ideas and dreams or envision new ones.
After the consultation, I begin by choosing the palette and drawing the face which helps to energetically inform the general theme of each piece. My favorite part of the process, in fact, is seeing the face come alive and become a sort of partner in the whole experience. Using a layered, 3 dimensional mixed media technique, I build up the rest of the piece incorporating flowers, symbols, animal totems, and other elements. Sometimes I feel called to write a poem or add verbal elements or messages, sometimes they are more iconographic or metaphorical. The creation of the portraits is a process of discovery and discernment, a dance of intuition and inspiration.