I first met Jackie at a costume party in Haines, Alaska. She was wearing a belly dancing garment owned by her mother, a retired professional dancer. I knew I wanted to paint her in this costume, and she obliged me, modeling as I did sketches and a painting from life. Near the end of our sessions, I photographed her in the light at my studio door. I especially loved the depth and color of her eyes in the sunshine, and the playful dots of reflected light on the wall.
*Salon International 2013, Juried Exhibition Finalist, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX, April 13 – May 3
*Richeson 75 Portrait/Figure 2012 Competition, Kimberly, WI, meritorious recognition in the exhibit catalog
*2012 Haggin Museum National Art Competition, Stockton, CA; July 5- Sept. 2, 2012