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portrait of damiano small scale oil painting on canvas

Artist’s Statement


The face is our most distinctive feature, the way we express our emotions, and the way we connect with one another. Each and every detail contributes to or detracts from the likeness, and we spend many long and meticulous hours studying, correcting, and developing an image — an image meant to represent a living, thinking, feeling being.

The challenge lies not only in maintaining this visual likeness, but adding to it the unseen. A good portrait must depict one’s energy and personality. It must say something about the sitter. It must capture his/her essence.