"And God created man
in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female
created He them." -- Genesis 1:27
"The aim of art is to
represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward
significance. -- Aristotle
Like all Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art,
the meaning of an Essence Portrait is in the strokes used to create the
So while the image is a likeness of a
person, the strokes reveal something intrinsically Divine about the
individual. The texts are selected for their meaning and
appropriateness to the subject at the time. They may reflect the
person's life of be a blessing for them.
A basic Essence Portrait is ususally black
symbols on a light or white background can be reconfigured into other
Essence Portraits iusing color.
This is done by painting in a computer
program, or with acrylics, water color pencils, inks or a combination
of media. An individual's basic portrait can be used and reused to
create various portraits. Portraits may be on fine art paper or canvas.
All of the basic portraits are hand drawn or painted using ink and or
acrylic on paper. However, the colored portraits may be on canvas or
paper. Like Andy Warhol's portraits the colored portraits may be one of
a kind paintings or prints (fine art original Giclees), or prints that
are also hand painted.
Texts are always chosen with great care.
Usually they have significance for the person portrayed.
Usually Psalms are
chosen for the texts, but not always.
The portrait of a
married couple may form a set, and just like the initial Essence
Portraits of Ashton and Demi Moore Kutcher. A set can be formed by
using the same Bible texts for the individual portraits. Song of Songs
is used for the initial Essence Portraits of Ashton Kutcher and Demi
The portraits of the
presidents of the USA are all created with Exodus 20, The Ten
When a portrait is
commissioned the subject is asked to suggest favorite or meaningful
texts. Sometimes the more than one text may be used. Portions that were
read at significant life ceremonies, such as weddings, Bar or Bat
Mitzvahs, birthdays or favorite holidays are also possibilities. An
important part of the portrait process is working to select meaningful
and relevant text(s).
The essence of you or
a loved one can now be revealed through your favorite immortal biblical
Hebrew text(s). An original portrait makes a great family heirloom and
cherished gift. What are your favorite texts? How would you like to be
Exodus 20 -Ten Commandments (Abraham Lincoln), Stars and Stripes
Exodus 20 - Ten Commandments (George Washington)
a basic Essence Portrait
Psalm 96 (Madonna)