"Hanna" - Acrylic on canvas. 20 x 30 inches. Painted 2012 by Matt Cauley

The Big Heads portrait series focuses on capturing a moment in time for any particular subject. As I work with the model, I want them to feel as if they are in mid-conversation with me, but have become momentarily distracted by something *just* out of the corner of their eye. The more their focus shifts to some random spot on the wall, the more their imagination then takes over. A relaxed concentration takes over, and their face conveys an appearance of daydream wonder. It is this moment I try to capture on canvas.

The settings are sparse, with the face conveying the bulk of the story. In the end, I hope the viewer brings their own interpretation to each painting, creating a new and unique story each time the work is viewed.

I was fortunate enough to work with Hanna during a couple of painting sessions earlier this year while attending the School of Visual Arts. From the moment Hanna walked in the door, you could immediately tell that she was going to be one heck of a fun model to paint. She had such a presence: vivacious, insightful, and had an infectious smile. She radiated joy, and I would jump at the opportunity to work with her again.

Hanna
Acrylic on canvas,
20 x 30 inches,
Painted 2012 by Matt Cauley


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