Painterly Portrait | Isabel
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Painterly Portrait | Isabel

Wandering around an art museum is one of my favorite things to do. Not only does it recharge my batteries, but I find loads of inspiration to fuel my creativity. As a portraitist, I am naturally drawn to the Old Masters, which is a catch-all term for renowned European painters who worked in the years leading up to 1800. The Baroque era, roughly 1600 to the mid-to late century, is a particular favorite period of mine that included famous painters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Caravaggio to name just a few.

In my studio, I can whittle away the hours playing with different lighting scenarios with the endeavor of replicating the beautiful painterly light viewed in famous oil paintings. When a client is open creatively, I will usually opt to imbue a portrait with a painterly feeling.

Creating a painterly look often entails selecting vintage clothing and accessories, of which, I have a wide selection in the studio's wardrobe collection. My clients get a thrill from raiding the many racks of clothes with beautiful items from every decade starting from the 1940s.

Playing dress-up never seems to get old and trying on and taking off different personas over the course of a morning or afternoon yields a diverse portfolio of beautiful images for you to own and cherish.

Session details:

Hand-painted gold muslin backdrop | Studio Lighting

The velvet shawl is from the studio's wardrobe collection.

Location: Tucson, Arizona.