In his novel, the ‘Picture of Dorian Gray’, Oscar Wilde wrote, “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter”. In all the faces I paint, I see myself. As humans we are all connected, we interact even if it is on a superficial level. My ‘faces’ are the manifestation of my interactions with others, especially those encounters which provoke a visceral reaction. My portraits of children reflect the vulnerability and fragility we all share. There is an innocence in the face of a child which cries out for protection. They represent the uncorrupted and untainted elements of life which need to be validated and preserved.
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