Every portrait is a reflection of the painter herself. I paint my children-part of me, and as close to me as two people can be, yet separate individuals. I restrict myself to these two subjects in an effort to distinguish between my projections of myself onto them and who they really are.
My process starts in a staged formal setting using natural light and a curtain backdrop. I routinely ask my children to sit for me on this stage and I photograph them casually as we talk and spend time together. I choose the photographs that most reveal their unguarded selves. I selectively crop the images to accentuate compositional tension. I paint them larger than life in order to increase the sense of physical presence of the subject.
My interests are in exploring the relationship between the sitter and the painter, both blurring and delineating the boundaries between subject and self. The process of ongoing, center stage, photographic documentation creates a natural, unfiltered exchange between my children and myself, frequently producing images that are reflective of my mood and my concerns. These reflections allow me to explore such dichotomies as mother and child, growth and decay, innocence and cynicism, immortality and death.