Artwork / Subjective / Mother

a woman talking and the same woman with a Brittany Spaniel on her lap
Becca Bernstein and Gwenn Seemel
2010 and 2009
acrylic on wood and canvas
36 x 60 inches (combined dimensions)

order prints of Gwenn’s portrait

Of all the pairs in this collaborative series, this one is my favorite. I love the way that Becca captured my mother, emphasizing details that I might not—the way she speaks with her hands at times and the specific shape of her lips, for example. My collaborator made me look again at my mother and that makes me very happy. Of course, I also enjoyed making my half of the diptych, and I’m so pleased with how my mother’s hands turned out. I feel like their success really makes this a true portrait, much like the hand in this piece contributes to it success.

For more about the making of these paintings and a behind-the-scenes look at the photo-sessions that made them possible, check out this blog post.

Becca Bernstein portrait
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Gwenn Seemel painterly portrait
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