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Human Face Portraiture, Portraits of faces
Portraiture represents a genre in art. Its purpose is to depict a human being. It has been known for centuries. In the past, painted portraits were needed to record the sitter's looks for the future.
Today we use photography for these reasons. Contemporary artists often create portraits inspired by appreciation, fondness, another sentiment, or love for a private or public person.
By the way, in Rhia's world, a portrait means even more. She calls her representations of animals, trees, or flowers portraits too.
Rhia is a humanist and sees the beauty in everyone's face. Some faces inspire her to create artistic representations of their loveliness. She intends to capture and realistically show their physical beauty.
Her portraits depict mostly just the head, and some are shown as a bust, which means head and shoulder portraiture. Most of her portraits are painted in full front view except for "Monique," which is a three-quarter view. There is natural enduring appeal and clarity to her work.