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portrait by Gwenn Seemel

Gwenn Seemel
Sylvia
2018
acrylic on canvas
22 x 20 inches

The background of flowers in this painting is inspired by a conversation with the subject, like with the glory bower in this 2007 commissioned portrait. I like to add flowers to paintings where it makes sense, like here and here with poppies. There’s chamomile in this self-portrait, and the artichokes in this painting have a special meaning since they’re flowers that have hearts. For more about the making of this painting, check out this video.