I have been taking photographs of women beginning this Spring and on through the summer. I began with my daughters Pearl and Rain and have moved on to young women that are no relation to me at all. In fact some of these ladies I have simply approached on nothing more than a hunch that they would do well in front of the camera. So far I've not been wrong. Each woman who comes into the studio reveals deep insights and unique points of view that frankly I would expect to discover in someone much older.
The photograph has become a powerful spring board into making the painting. I enjoy the process of taking the photos for the opportunity it affords me to get to know the model. I have to create a connection with the subject in order to develop the painting. It is all about relationship. Relationship with the model and relationship with the canvas as I build each painting. My hope in this series is to capture some portion of the nobility, the unique powerful beauty and wildness present in each of these women. Each one a queen presiding over her queendom. Perhaps making her portrait will reinforce and extend her majestic rule.
I have added here a little three and half minute interview with Stephanie Eslick who I met one day at the Lightfast coffee shop. I went over to her table and introduced myself and the project I'm working on. We exchanged contact info and from there set up a time for her to come to the studio. She did a fantastic job in front of the camera and was nice enough to share some of her thoughts. Watch the video and here why she doesn't want to be famous and why she's drawn to people who are comfortable in their own skin.