From an 1897 photograph of a criminal named Isma Martin from the Library of Congress site, another image of a lone animal, two photographs of my father as a child, and various images of starving, sick children, I cobbled together, and completed a family portrait.
I believe I am almost finished with the “Wrestlers” painting but want to add some more careful linear elements to define the figures. The painting I am working on now is “Family Portrait” which combines images of my father as a child with images taken from Library of Congress photographs of other sentient beings worthy of compassion. I am beginning to blend both of my styles, the more realistic with the expressive, in one work. So far, I am happy with the results.