This is one of my recent paintings from the spring. It is a portrait of my friend Amanda, who lives in LA and works as an art appraiser for a national firm. She was kind enough to come to my studio once a week and work from her laptop there so that I could paint her from life. I’ve long admired her as a person and an artist whose glass paintings of butterflies and landscapes transform the sunlight into mosaics of color. Her brilliant personality and artwork were the inspiration for this painting.