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     Talents are in the eye of the beholder.  So is beauty.  Whether the canvas is an art board or a human being,

I love rendering personal beauty and image.  

I’ve been told my portraits capture essence, and that I don’t apply makeup I render a face.  

I strive to capture that as well as the hidden biographical nuances by looking intuitively.

     Working to produce a lasting personal revelation yet still keeping the photo realistic quality in the image.  

Sometimes it’s like opening Pandora’s box. 

I choose my image then start the development of the character inside the photo.  Whether taken yesterday or centuries ago, the photo becomes the opening for the presence that eventually surfaces. 

I love subtle inflexions of tone and texture.  I work in oil, watercolor, and other media, but colored pencils are my passion.                 

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