16 x 20
Oil on Raymar Panel
My dear friend Renee agreed to sit for me so I could paint from life. I have painted her portrait three times so far…once from the sitting and two from photographs. This is an emotional piece…a woman reminiscing on her life while reading letters from the past.
The table is scattered with letters as if she had been there a long time reading and re-reading words written long ago. The daisies remind me of the "he loves me-he loves me not" practice of pulling petals to reveal feelings. The red scarf shows love surrounding her but falling off one shoulder representing love lost. I was able to achieve my vision for this piece though this woman really doesn't look like Renee…it resembles her but Renee is much more beautiful.
The best part about Renee's visits is just that; the chance to visit. We shared stories and I got to know one of the kindest people in the world. I am truly grateful that she took time from her day to come to my studio and let me find my vision.