I'm working on a 'Wahine' series (Hawaiian for 'woman') that will concentrate on several different figure studies. You'll notice these paintings focus on the figures, and not the background or other elements.
"Piece 44" by Renee Coates. Oil on canvas, 6" x 6".
Over the years, many people have asked me where I get my inspiration
for the portraits I paint. "Is that so-and-so?" The truth is, I
occasionally paint people I know, but most of my portraits are
compilations of many faces I've seen in the islands. I may capture the
eyes of a family friend, the nose of a classmate, and the smile of the
woman behind the grocery counter.
I usually "piece" together my faces, so I felt it fitting to
dedicate the month of November to portraits on 52 Pieces. Below is
"Piece 44," or "Maluhia." There is a calm about her, and I felt the
name meaning "peaceful" in Hawaiian suited her well.