Meet Jane, she is a fierce fighter, visionary educator, and a talented vocalist as well as an artist. Another artist, Alex Allington, introduced us at the Plaza Hotel's Byron T's saloon where Jane was singing with the local band Contrafact. She had a great smile and laughed easily.
In fact, that was one of the hardest things about painting this portrait--she wanted to smile and I wanted a more fierce expression as this Rattlesnake portrait series is all about strong women. Granted strong women smile but for this project I want a more serious look at their complex lives.
Overall I'm pleased with this third portrait and am honored to spend time with these women.
Soft Pastel on Sennelier pastel board
Unframed, 9" x 12"