Shedding light on parts of ourselves
Once in a blue moon, and usually on demand, I paint portraits. What I paint is not only a resembling image but a reflection of (& meditation on) the Soul. Whether it be the Soul of the subject, or my own, I prefer that to be left in the middle. It is about what I perceive while tuning in to the subject. It’s about two souls becoming one on canvas.
I became a portrait painter by coincidence. I paint because I like it, not because I’m “good” at it. I just paint and enjoy. I am however, good at seeing the subject, truly seeing, and sitting with him or her for days (I usually work from photo, so no sitting hours).
My portraits, which tend to be a week long meditation on canvas, mostly reveal the hidden parts of the subject, or those parts of their soul that they have secretly kept away from eyes to see. Whenever I send the finished portrait to its owner, it is always met by surprise: “O my God! You touched it! You exposed me!”
Portrait & Soul
It’s about colour. It’s about curves.
Some useful information:
Coloured portrait of a man: acrylic on canvas, 80 x 100 cm
Black & white portrait of a grandfather: charcoal and acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm
Black & white portrait of a Tribe girl, charcoal on paper, 28 x 21 cm