acrylic on hardboard
Sarah was my sweet mate in college. She was the first New Yorker I had the pleasure of meeting. She was from Queens, New York and though she was just over five feet tall. She was one tough cookie. Sarah was the cool kid that knew her way around, needles to say we hung in different crowds most of the time. We remained friends the entire four years of school. This was a portrait I took of her our last year. I was in a photography class and had to finish a roll of film, so I asked her and several other friends to pose for me. I'm glad I did because these were some of the only images that I have of a couple of friends.
This painting was supposed to be easy, but like I tell my students, "Just because it looks easy doesn't mean it will be." I relearn this lesson from time to time. I began this painting a little over a year ago and got everything painted in, but I wasn't pleased with the face. Never being one to give up on anything, I picked the painting up late one night at the end of a great night of painting and was able to easily work out the problems.