The Idea

Large Scale Portraits of people with a lot of life experience that integrate the actual words of their stories into the lines and wrinkles of their faces.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Adding the Text

Finally starting to write her story into her face. It is legible enough up close but it seems subtle enough from a distance. I think it will work. You can see in the last photo that I have text in places but it blends in pretty well.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Today, I interviewed Bill Lawson, aged 99. We started with some photos and then got our 2 hour interview underway. This man has led a very interesting and touching life. It was such a pleasure to spend the afternoon with him. I'm not sure yet which of these photos to use for the painting. The first or the second, I think...Probably the second.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Esther: Day 5

I finished painting the face today. I think I'll have a hard time bringing myself to add the words over top.


I am thinking of making these free standing. If I hinge four of them together, they can stand as a cube (4x5x4) with the speakers inside. What do you think? Better to stand in front of one portrait at a time and walk around or better to look at them all lined up on a wall?