Be­tween the Dis­tance (Por­trait of Eva) oil on linen, 12 x 10" (30 x 25 cm)

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My 8-year-old step­daugh­ter Eva posed for this por­trait in front of the north light win­dow in our house in Santa Cruz. I wanted to cap­ture the jour­ney of our re­la­tion­ship in her face; I feel that our story is clearly writ­ten there.

This paint­ing re­veals a pre­lim­i­nary stage of my paint­ing process in that the shadow mass is left un­touched as the early im­pri­matura layer made from trans­par­ent, washy earth pig­ments. Sub­se­quently, the light mass is then built up us­ing ap­pli­ca­tions of lead white, which are then fol­lowed by lay­ers of semi­trans­par­ent/semi-opaque full color.

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