I always thought I wanted to be a doctor. I enrolled in pre-med and in my final year won the national Goldwater scholarship for science. This scholarship would map out the next four years of my life and set me on a career in medicine. Somehow this scholarship made me realize that's not what I wanted from life.
Then, in the winter of '99, my friend gave me a video course called "Yes, You Can Draw!" It was like a light had been turned on. Once I drew one portrait, I knew I had found what I was looking for--a passion inside of me that I could share with the world.
I simply love drawing portraits because each has a different story to tell. No two faces are the same--each face has its own light in it, mostly radiating from the eyes. I try to capture that light in my portraits. That's how I show the beauty of each soul.
Below are some pictures of my self-portrait in progress.
As you can see, I start with the eyes. Once I feel I've captured
those accurately, I go on with the rest of the face.
"Of all the things I've tried to do and be,
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