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painted portraits by Gwenn Seemel and Becca Bernstein

Gwenn Seemel and Becca Bernstein
2009 and 2010
acrylic on canvas and wood
36 x 60 inches (combined dimensions)

The subject of these portraits is a very intense child and both her mother and I represented her as such. This shocked a number of viewers since young children are more commonly portrayed as playful and light. I remember a full range of emotions that I experienced in childhood, and I think it’s unfortunate when portraitists drain all complexity out of this formative time in our lives in favor of a bland idealized version of what it means to be a kid.

For more about the making of my half of this diptych please visit this article, and to find out more about the series as a whole check out this category of my blog.