I was once asked if I preferred painting children or adults. Children, I said, hands down. As I was explaining why, I realized that the natural beauty of childhood is what captivates me.
Children don’t need makeup or touch-ups; they are perfect just they way they are. I’m so inspired by their beautiful skin, glossy hair, long eyelashes, and chubby cheeks, that I want to capture it in a work of art.
I was talking with a grandmother yesterday and admiring her granddaughter’s alabaster skin. Your’e skin doesn’t get any better than when you were a child, she said. Amen to that!
Recently I finished a portrait of beautiful little Gracie. Last year I drew her older sister, Caroline, and their mom told me Gracie wanted to know when it would be “her time with Ms. Kate.”
Gracie was a perfect little model. She was so relaxed and natural in front of the camera. It made my job easy. As I was going through her photos, I considered drawing her with a different, more serious expression on her face. …