Portrait Intensive (My final painting)

Here's my final painting along with a shot of the model. I developed this painting while thinking of the 19th century Mennonites of Ak Metchet Uzbekistan we've been researching for the "Through the Desert" Documentary. I imagined him represented as one of the Mennonite elders in this painting and tried to capture the sense of quiet contemplation of an elder who has traveled a long way and has seen the hopes and tragedy of life in that community.

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