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Commissioned Portrait: “A New Perspective”

By michaeldivine_7bigwtApril 21, 2018

“A New Perspective”
Acrylic/Canvas
15″ x 22″

A collector of my work, Eben Pagan, commissioned me to paint a portrait of him in my style. I don’t do a lot of portraiture so I enlisted Violet’s help and we worked together on this painting. She is more adept at creating from real life than I am. In that way, we tend to meet in the middle as my approach generally builds up from abstraction.

Eben is quite a thinker, parsing different ideas and concepts through his mind in a really brilliant manner. The resulting piece is intended to portray the lens of the mind contemplating a flower and the various ideas and associations around that- colors, shapes, etc. He loves the blues in my work and had requested that I stay within that spectrum, so it was a good piece to paint in tandem with “Only Love Can (Reign Over Me)”.

His response? “I hope I can live up to this vision you’ve painted of me.”

Interested in discussing a portrait? Contact Me