The following pieces are portraits I was commissioned to make- for a present, wedding gift, in memory, etc. All of the imagery within the portraits is personalized to the subject- their interests, qualities and memories.
Harmony, 11x14, 2018
This portrait represents our individual journeys towards a harmonious state of being. The silhouette portrait is modeled after an inspiring woman who is a local leader and advocate for self care. Her face texture is a photo from Madre Yerba, an artist from Madison, WI-and the pattern represents heritage and ancestry. The headwrap represents the subject's interest in connecting with her roots and wearing her hair natural. The gold texture and praying goddess convey an altar, and the idea of using an altar to honor ourselves through whichever practice we may choose. There are geodes, rocks, crystals and herbs to represent the different forms that self care may take, paying close attention to our connection with the earth. Green buds and roses are shown to represent the process of growth. The hamsa hand surrounding the word "altar" embodies the idea of protecting the wearer, and protecting our own altars. Knowing and finding ourselves through self care brings peace and harmony.
Everleigh, 11x14, 2018
This portrait captures the essence of Everleigh. The coneflower field embodies her innocence and curiosity, and her love for being outdoors. The fields and pasture along the bottom of her portrait represent the move back to Wisconsin that your family made, in addition to being a representation of her father. There is a water texture next to the wedding portrait of her parents to portray her love for her mother. The unicorn represents her first birthday, as well as her interests and purity at this stage in her life.