My project is focused on portraits and the people behind them, specifically the relationship that the artist has with the person they are portraying and how this affects the work. I really wanted to think about the people behind the paintings and the interactions that take place during this process. I also decided to research self-portraits, how the artists outlook on themselves impacts how they choose to portray themselves. This ultimately resulted in my final piece, consisting of two paintings: a self-portrait, and a painting of my boyfriend Ryan.
My goal with this work was to focus on the people in the artwork, I wanted Ryan to be involved in his portrait and I wanted both paintings to be a physical personification of our personalities, intended to complement each other as a pair whilst also succeeding as standalone pieces. These portraits allowed me to capture a little bit of individuality and personality as well as a real-life relationship and transfer it onto canvas.