Mother IV: 25
oil on canvas
Painting someone you know very well is always hard, because you may never feel like you can capture an exact likeness of that person. But making a portrait has a powerful momentum. By analyzing every single detail of a person for hours with one stroke after another stroke you complete a painting. At that point, you realize how strongly you are connected with this person in the portrait. All the memories you had become fresh again. After finishing this series of portrait of my mother, I felt like I finished a biography of her, how she grew up and what she had been through that made her the person she is now and made me the artist painting the way I want now.
Zhao, Maozhu, “Mother IV: 25,” Lewis & Clark Senior Art, accessed May 23, 2015, https://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/items/show/3913.