portrait of nonna
Her eyes were most distinguishing; big and beautiful.
The shadow cast across her face is meant both to accentuate her eyes and express the contradiction of her bold personality and strength, together with her grace and subtlety. The shadow is dark and harsh, but creates the lighting reminiscent of a black and white film.
The wallpaper in the background is a pattern made up the flowers on her wallpaper and a blanket of hers. The shape of the portrait is a variation of the shape of the lock on the trunk she brought over from Italy. It is also delicate and feminine. She is wearing a beautifully intricate scarf to represent her talent as a seamstress.
Acrylic on paper with photocopy transfers.