Artist’s Statement

We see faces around us, at school, the grocery store and in our community every day. As babies we are able to recognize facial features and over time we learn to connect their movements with emotions and feeling. Although faces change as people age, we are always able to recognize the faces of those whom we know and love.

With this series of portraits, I used many different mediums – such as oil paint, watercolor, pastel, and graphite – to express the differences in peoples’ life experiences. I try to portray the emotion and physical state of each person in each moment. I pay close attention to facial features and expressions, varied colors of the skin and surroundings, and the lighting and how if effects these characteristics. I emphasize the beauty and fading adolescence that may seem insignificant to some.