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"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."  ~Aristotle

Every Essence Portrait by Judy Rey Wasserman begins with a basic portrait in black and white, and sometimes shades of gray.

While these somewhat resemble the basic photo-manipulations of Andy Warhol's silkscreens, the Essence Portraits are not photo-manipulations; each created by the artist's hand using strokes that are with brushes and pens using acrylics and art inks on paper or board. The strokes used are always symbols, and so far, all of the symbols used are the original letters from specially selected Bible texts that seem to pertain to each person depicted.

All of the basic Essence Portraits below are by Judy Rey Wasserman. Their titles refer to the text(s) used for the symbols that make up all of the strokes of the portrait.

Psalm 19
(Andy Warhol)

Psalm 118
(Claude Monet )

Psalm 122
(Rembrandt van Rijn)

Psalm 113
(Vincent van Gogh)

Genesis 1
Albert Einstein

Proverbs 13
Benjamin Franklin

Psalm 133
(Oprah Winfrey)

Psalm 98
(Madonna)

Exodus 20:
10 Commandments
(Abe Lincoln)

Exodus 20:
10 Commandments
(Grover Cleveland)

Exodus 20:
10 Commandments
(Andrew Jackson)

Exodus 20:
10 Commandments
(George Washington)

Exodus 20:
10 Commandments
(Barack Obama)


Psalm 46
(Pablo Picasso)

Strokes: Psalm 27, Psalm 119:105, Ecclesiastes 2:13, Psalm36:10, Isaiah 60:1
(Camille Pissarro)

Psalm 101, Ecclesiastes Ch 1 and 2 (Mark Rothko)Psalm 18
(Jon Bon Jovi)

Each basic Essence Portrait is created as a complete and finished portrait in itself. However, these black and white portraits can added to both digitally and by hand made strokes to include colors and create additional portraits of the subjects depicted.

How can you commisssion an Essence Portrait of yourself or a loved one? Find out more: CLICK HERE.