Class Photo Series

In the summer of 1983, I attended my husband’s 20th high school reunion. I was intrigued by the exaggerated poses, hairdos, and draped shoulders of the women in the 1963 year book photos. The photos told such a story of the people and the time, both individually and collectively. This reunion inspired my Class Photo Series. I began painting single oil portraits, and these “class photos” evolved into grids of heads. The tension of repetition, and the individual portrait vs the grid of the whole still interests me today. Painting emotional portrait art rather than depicting a visual likeness is the challenge.