I don’t believe people have their portraits painted in order to see how they look in the mirror that day! I believe that people want the artist to be able to depict more of the qualities of the subject’s character in a visual snapshot of their soul.
For the artist, a portrait requires delving into the subjects life, joys, accomplishments and sorrows to some degree. The couple from Northern California who commissioned this painting were able to share stories, numerous photos, their likes, dislikes and a professional photographer’s posed image that I was to use as the basis for the painting. We discussed symbolism and colors to represent the subject and those around her. They were very fearless that I would represent all the multifaceted aspects of this woman.
It’s an honor to have the permission to view into another person’t world and connect with their life on that deeper level. Their involvement made this a true success.
More Story Behind ‘The Prediction’ – Mystical Coincidence?
Forty-six years ago, when the subject of this painting was 19 years old, an old Basque Gypsy predicted that she would not marry the person to whom she was engaged, but instead would meet and marry the love of her life some 23 years later. She would call this man “oso” A word that means bear. At the time of the painting I was not aware of the Gypsy’s prediction. I was aware the subject’s husband was to be represented as a bear and I suggested that the symbolic bear be portrayed in a snow globe, which in this instance is reminiscent of a crystal ball. The eyes of the peacock and the ethereal elements of the painting all relate to mysticism and spirituality. The Prediction came true full circle.
Susan Krieg – Artist