The portraits that make up this small gallery are
made in the last year.
Watercolors, oils or graphites, some are made in one go,
almost without resting. For others I have needed several days
or even an entire week. Sometimes I have started from several
photographs, which help me complete my visual understanding
of the person, and sometimes I have preferred to use some
own notes that I complete later with my own memory.
For years I have been making custom portraits. Too
I sometimes paint my own family. Lately i need
be doing a portrait almost all the time.
I am no longer interested only as pictorial or graphic exercises,
but as approximations to the compression itself
of the person portrayed.
Photographs or paintings, the portrait occupies, increasingly,
my interest when I travel and see new museums or when I visit
exhibitions. What is the photographer or painter looking for, why
they choose this frame, that light or this angle. Decisions
that I guess or just think I understand and help me
to focus and improve my own work.