I started this piece simply as an exercise (and personal challenge), in using a very limited palette of colors. (Not something I am known for!)

This woman is in a very unique pose. I imagined I would be in for a bit of a struggle with the shadowing, as I didn’t have a clear reference photo to work with, but she came to life almost effortlessly.

While I was working on her striking eyes, I realized that the subject reminded me of someone who is very special to me. I haven’t had the privilege of seeing her in person for many years, but our friendship continues to blossom over the miles.

I believe that those amazing eyes were captured from my memories. The resemblance to Andrea was not intentional, but her essence and spirit were somehow channeled to my brush. I didn’t even fully realize how much the subject had become her until the painting was complete and I stood back and looked. Thank you Andi, for inspiring me in so many ways; in life and in art.

11″ x 14″ acrylic on canvas