|84" x 48"
|acrylic on canvas
|Private Collection, Houston, Texas
Polaris was a commissioned portrait. In many ways it was more difficult than the majority of portraits I have done in the past. The subject is a friend and peer of mine. It was commissioned by her boyfriend (now husband) as a surprise for her birthday. Doing someone's portrait without them knowing, and not being able to have them sit for you creates its own set of challenges.
You will notice that I do not keep this work categorized with the rest of my portraits. To me it is more of a singular work as opposed to a traditional portrait. It is much more complicated and in depth. The subject is surrounded by an entire story of images that relate back to her.I was asked to translate the work for the owner and the subject, here is an excerpt from that explanation:
woman in lilac and blue at the top of the canvas
is surrounded by darkness punctuated by constellations and nebulae.
The map itself based from a Korean star chart, hence many of the
in the stars are the nebula, which are
to select stars you will see small formulas.
the center of the canvas is Leonardo
him in his sphere is a rococo design
up to the sides of Vitruvian Man are (on the
plants float in a mix of tiny particles.
fire, water, air, earth, and above them all,
subject's role in all of this is that she is comprised