Every Line a Story

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Every Line a Story (Too Much Laughing)

portrait of an Inuit hunter
Acrylic on masonite, 15 x 20 in. (1998)

This painting was a self-challenge, to work the textures and tones of facial skin and hair in a realistic way. I had been admiring a book about James Bama, a painter who works extremely well with the leathers of skin and saddle produced by the New and the Old West.

This is my attempt at the lines and crevasses of the face engraved by the tannery of sun and cold. The resilience of youthful flesh is now fading, each line becomes a record of every wince, every bout of laughter. The character and essence of this man is revealed much in the same way as displaying the finest jewellry.

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