Painting portraits is an exacting art . You must be accurate , of course - you need to get a very good likeness , but it is even more important to show the character of the sitter as they reveal themselves to you, and as you see them .
You can see the difference between a young girl fresh in her youth , a young lady in her somber teens , and the retiring president of a local college , thinking of the future .
Each sitter requires recognition of their own identity , and therefore needs their own treatment .
And amidst all the variables of this art form , portrait painters must still be true to themselves , as much as is possible . It is a challenge , and it is a ton of fun .
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