Every time I begin a portrait it’s a new adventure. As I’m getting to know the person I’m painting, I begin constructing an image in my mind. Sometimes the requirements of the institution have to be taken into consideration, and at other times the parameters are more personal. Portraits are always a welcome challenge. Growing up as the daughter of two architects taught me that a commission is not an assignment, but a partnership in which the client puts forth a program and the artist supplies the vision and skill to create a work of art that realizes the program and vision while, at the same time, achieving something that goes beyond them.