Portraits are a unique challenge. The slightest difference in a nose or a smile and the entire portrait is ‘off.’ When I work on a portrait, I go over it many times very lightly with pencil. Layer after layer, I gradually get darker with my graphite until I find the portrait looking like the person I am portraying.
I define the category of Fine Art as any project I paint, draw, sculpt or create which does not have a designated customer in mind. In other words, for me the category of Fine Art is me just creating art for the sake of creating art.