When searching Google for the term ‘mug shot’, I found an article about an online exhibition at the New Zealand Police Museum of criminals from the past. The photographs from their Rogue’s Gallery are truly amazing, and I will be consulting them for some time. I printed out a bunch of images, and this is the first I have begun to paint.
There is actually a book titled Art and Fear. I am nervous about the upcoming show, so I turn to love and beauty to calm me. When I saw the face of Fighter A235 I loved his serene expression and knew I would have to paint his portrait. I feel calmer just looking at him.