I watched a show a few years back about the brain and some interesting brain injuries. One that stood out to me was a man who could no longer recognize faces. He could see the nose and the eyes and all the features that make up a face, but he could not put them together to identify the unique individual. Turns out, we have an area of the brain with the sole purpose of identifying faces; the fusiform gyrus.
I suppose this is the same section of the brain that makes me turn just about anything into a face, from cars to patterns on shower curtains to my yoga bolster.
For many years I avoided painting faces, sticking to more abstract where I could create freely, without restriction. When I finally ventured out of my comfort zone a world of possibility opened up. There is a depth and connectedness that occurs when faces are created. We’ve all experienced that feeling of being followed by a person in a painting. Catching the eye of certain characters will speak to my conscience like the stern look of a parent and inspire me to get back on track.
So now, I’m venturing deeper into portraiture and offering custom portrait paintings.
If you are looking for something a little different, perhaps a commemorative painting of Grandma, a family portrait, Fluffy or a sensual painting of yourself, this is a fun and unique option. Capture your spirit in ways the camera can’t and create a family heirloom that can be passed down for generations.