When I was a schoolgirl, I used to draw lots of portraits, using some of my classmates as models. But then I grew older and stopped drawing… Many years later, when I rediscovered drawing, and started painting, I realized that I had forgotten how to make a portrait… or rather I was scared to try. So for several years whenever I painted humans I would paint them from behind, og I made sure to start too high on the canvas to have room for the face… So I’ve got plenty of headless bodies on canvas…

However, a year and a half ago I decided to face my fears, and attended a weekend art class by one of the finest portrait-artists in Norway: Helene Knoop, and my portraits started to come to life again:)

Tonje

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Tonje

This is the portrait I painted at the art class with Helene Knoop. My first painted portrait since secondary school. I realized quite soon in the working process that I had no reason to be frighten…

Oil on canvas 50×60 cm (2013)

 

Pasha

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Pasha

I’d love to draw my kids, but I’ll never get them to sit still long enough, and I do prefer to paint or draw portraits from live models, drawing from a photo doesn’t feel the same… So this is a professional model:)

Oil on canvas 35×40 cm (2013)

Elin

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Elin

Elin works for my art teacher, and she is a great model:) I’ve painted her several times, but this is the only proper portrait I’ve made of her.

Oil on canvas 35×40 cm (2013)