That Je Ne Sais Quoi

People fascinate me. Perhaps that's why I love painting portraits. I don't actually choose my subjects; it's more like they choose me. They can be male or female, young or old, attractive or not -- those things don't matter. The deciding factor is their spirit. Their personalities, temperament, mood, or emotion must speak to me, and that's what I try to paint. Capturing the likeness in their features is secondary. It's their spirit I'm striving for.

The subject for my recent painting was an older woman. I came across her photograph by chance and was immediately taken with her presence. She had an aura of confidence about her, like she was the matriarch of a family or perhaps the CEO of a company. That's what I tried to capture.

How did I do?

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