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Pastel and Charcoal

A moment in the face is revealing. This simple premise guides my portraiture. These intimate portraits seek the humanism of each subject, inherently more than just features and expression.

My hope is to portray them uniquely, as they have not previously seen themselves. 

The extreme close-up portraits are called “facial landscapes”. The technique I use with pastel is to layer waves of pigment onto the paper with my fingertips, in graduated shades and tints, until the features emerge.

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