These are portraits I've done of specific people and animals. Some of the "original design" pieces appear here too, as they are embellished portraits of my own family members.
I recently learned that facial recognition ability is a neurological trait whose spectrum goes from sufferers of prosopagnosia, or "face blindness", to "super-recognizers." Test results have put me in the latter category. Getting a good likeness depends on that ability.
House of Windswift detail
Close-up of the finished piece.
Drawing of Margaret Mantz Hauer
This was the inspiration for the bust of Margaret Mantz Hauer, a colonial resident of Frederick, MD. (The actual drawing is delicate and lovely, but the photo of it I worked from has faded, so I photoshopped it to bring the details out a little better.)
Bust of Margaret Mantz Hauer
Margaret Hauer was an early resident of Frederick Maryland. Her portrait resides with the local Historical Society. The Society joined with the Delaplaine Arts Center to create an invitational show of work inspired by their archival portraits. Margaret was my choice.
Portrait of Wayne Fox
Wayne, who has quite a sense of humor, had two rambunctious young sons. He said he hoped a bust of himself with this stern expression, prominently displayed, would keep their behavior in line while he was away on business.
This is a portrait of a cat named Pip, who demonstrated an admirable degree of composure under all circumstances.
This Greendog (a Greenman's best friend) was a leafy portrait of one of our beloved dogs, Ginger. She was a joy every minute of her life.
This is a portrait of my son Fred at age 16. I draped it anachronistically to give as a gift to my mother. Another casting of the face was the starting point for Aquarius, in this same collection.
This is the same facial portrait of my son Fred as the draped image of him in this collection. I added clay to express the atmospheric, electric nature of his sun sign, Aquarius.
Deva (AKA "Daphne")
This is my daughter Gwyneth’s portrait, with added details of leafy hair (scaled-up willow) and fairies. I was given extremely specific instructions from the subject herself. She had known all the fairies by name for several years. (Except the fairy cat. I made that one up.)
This is a portrait of my daughter Gwyneth at age 6. This casting was draped anachronistically to give to my mother. Another casting became the sculpture "Deva" (AKA "Daphne"), which is in this same collection.
This is a fanciful portrait of my darling husband Carl, depicted as a Keystone Greenman.