A portrait is more than a reflected likeness. For me, it is an accumulation of stories and objects that illustrate a life. Sometimes with great, maximal detail, and others with more focus and a lighter touch. Dreams are welcome too… Anything that makes you, you.
After years of creating work in this manner—first as a series of self-portraits, and then with The Women, I am now expanding my practice to include commissioned portraits. These currently take the form of boxes, mirrors, bell jars, and wall reliefs.
Each commission begins with an interview, and a discussion of what is the right vehicle to tell the subject's story. Then they gather meaningful possessions to flesh out the piece, while I provide a framework and supplement the narrative material as needed. This process can also be applied to Memory Heirlooms, remembering a deceased loved one...
Here are some examples I’ve made, though each portrait is truly one-of-a kind, as unique as its subject~
Please email me if you would like to discuss your own commissioned portrait.
Portrait of Barbara, 2021A box is a metaphor for a life; a vessel that houses evidence of existence, family, career, adventures, dreams... Here the subject is a refined interior designer, mother, and global citizen. Her box needed to be equally elevated, so I sourced this 19th c. Chinese lacquer one to complete the vision.
Portrait of Robbin, 2021A mirror creates a double portrait of the subject; the embellished border offers one view; her reflection in the glass a second. Personal mementos are tucked along the mirror's edge as they might be on a lady's vanity... While the curated shelf below offers an additional platform to tell her story.
Portrait of Gavi, 2021Evoking 18th/19th c. taxidermic fantasies under glass, my bell jar portraits are anchored by 21st c. 3D scans, surrounded by carefully chosen objects. Here my teenage niece celebrates music, baking, Hawaii, diversity, her dream car, her athleticism, favorite TV show, personal style and more.
Portrait of Bridgette, 2021A modern-day Cabinet of Curiosities, framing the important and symbolic objects that shape a life. Here, gallerist Bridgette Mayer balances her professional identity with family and spirituality. The wood background is flooring from her gallery. The strawberries evoke an important childhood memory.
Portrait of My Parents