Introducing "Portraits that Dance"

Photo by Gabe Tapia

Have you ever wondered why portrait art from the 18th-20th century is so fascinating? Probably not, but I’m a nerd and an artist and these are the thoughts I have in the middle of the afternoon.

I believe that as human beings, we all share in the fundamental desire to be seen as we truly are. I believe that we all long for authentic connection, and a sense of true belonging. I believe that comes only when we are willing to look deeper into ourselves and openly embrace what we find. What better way does that happen than when an artist agrees to represent us; to reflect what they learn back at us and present us in a new light? I also believe that sharing who we are is at the heart of choosing to love ourselves and each other better. I believe that art is one of the most powerful forces for true connection that we as humans have. Although I may not be a painter, I have been a dancer for just about my whole life, and I’d say I’m pretty comfortable working in that medium.

For these reasons among others, I’ve decided to dedicate my artistic endeavors to some new inspiration that came my way. My new project “Portraits that Dance” is designed to bring us closer together: You with yourself, me with you, us with other people. I want to learn about you and celebrate it! Here’s what this looks like: We will meet at your convenience (for coffee, or tea, or wine!) and you will talk to me. I will listen. I will take notes. I will make a new dance piece in your honor and I will share it with you. If you are comfortable, I might share it with you at a performance. More importantly though, we will share in a fun experience together! Does this sound like something you would be interested in? I’m looking for volunteers for an upcoming installment and I would love to work with you. Please email me!

Much love to you all! XxOo

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