This painting came about because I wanted to try out for a portrait contest and they seemed to be looking for a painting that would address some of what happened in 2020. So, I gave her half a mask to represent COVID-19 and how terrifying the disease was (and still is) but made the other half of her happier and hopeful.
This is an oil painting on Arches oil paper. I love it. The texture is smooth and the paint easily glides on to it. Arches prepared the paper so the oil will not seep through. For framing, I will need to mat it and put it behind plexiglas so the paint doesn't touch it. The paint looks bright and deep and I am thrilled at how well it photographed.