The composition of this painting is very effective—the shape of the
subject sits nicely against the background. However, the artist may
want to consider painting the background a darker shade to enhance the
dynamic shape. Differentiating the background color from the color of
the skin tone will make the portrait stronger.
About the Critic
Dawn Whitelaw has studied painting with Scott Christensen, Cedric Egeli, Jim Pollard, and Everett Raymond Kinstler. In 2002 she received the Award of Excellence and Best of Show in an international competition sponsored by the Portrait Society of America, and she has exhibited her portrait, landscape, and still life paintings in juried shows organized by the Cumberland Society of Painters, the American Academy of Women Artists, and the Phoenix Historical Museum.
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