“Kyrie” is the lovely daughter of my lifelong friend, Kristi. Kyrie is her youngest and the same age in this portrait that her mother and I were when we met.
I never thought painting a young person would be harder than painting an older one. Of course, painting them larger than life with the face being 16″ long, was a whole other crazy challenge for this beginning portraitist. The lighting on her face was very cool and her bright blue eyes are crystal clear and engaging. I think this came out more illustrative art than classical, which when painting a teenager, might just be appropriate. Childhood has ended and that murky adventure between elementary school and adulthood is in full swing.