I made this profile portrait of my wife Sarah a couple of weeks ago. It was the first portrait session completed in my newly remodeled home studio and I was inspired by the idea of cameo necklaces.
In my portraits I try to sculpt the shape of the face with shadows and create contour lines with highlights. You see the rim lighting that creates the outline of her shoulder and you get the depth and dimension from the shadow side of her face that is towards the camera. She has a sparkle in her eye that belies her wisdom and strength of character. She is someone I truly admire.
Yesterday while I was framing up some small works for an upcoming art sale at the Richmond Art Collective I decided to make a small 4″x 5″ print of Sarah’s Cameo Portrait and frame it for her mother as a birthday present.
Before giving it away I decided to place it next to this beautiful old Coronet folding camera as a tribute to the gift that photography has given to the world and to really appreciate the beauty that can be expressed in small scale works.