I was commissioned for a portrait by a dear friend, and despite wanting to complete it earlier, I ended up prolonging it for over a month. Previous portraits I have created have been of the society I live in and as much as I have loved painting those faces, I never required for them to look like any one person or carry their spirit. They have been faces I constructed from my imagination with traces of multiple characteristics I saw around me: in the media, in my home, on the streets.
This portrait was extremely difficult as it was crucial that it carried the subject's strength, fragility, focus and beauty. And because I knew her so very well, no matter what I did just didn't seem to work. I finally completed the piece a few days ago and since it was a very special painting, I decided to make it my very first fine art print. I can't tell you how excited I am about it. The print is on canvas but I'm also going to have it printed on fine art paper to see how it turns out on a different surface. :) The sample I had printed is on A4 but the fine art paper will measure 16x20 in. Here's the artwork and then of course another 'in situ' image' :D