Paint Famous Faces

Many people have asked me, why do I paint famous faces?

Jessy Love by Shen, portrait painting of her daughter.
Jessy Love by Shen

Well, this morning I was enlightened.  As I sat staring at the face and caressing the countenance of my precious little 6 year old while sleeping, it all made sense.

We love to gaze into the face of that person whom we love.  Yes, a photo of those cute little baby feet or hands of the engaged couple are precious, but if we’re honest, we really want to stare into those eyes and study the curves that make them unique.  Those faces show the emotion within the heart.

The artist that wrote and or played that song that makes the memories flood my soul becomes someone I love too, not in the way I love my family, but a deep gratitude because the music speaks to my soul in a way that nothing else can.

That movie actor who made me smile, by being an artist in his own right, brought me immense joy.  With my portrait painting, I am paying him a tribute and giving him thanks for practicing his art for us all to enjoy.

I think this may be a glimpse into why I love to study and paint faces…  and you like to hang them on your walls. 🙂

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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  ~James 1:17 

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About Shen

Shen loves making the flat surface come to life and adding color to a world often seen only in shades of gray.  A professional artist and entrepreneur for over 25 years, she lives to discover new techniques, mix media, and make difficult concepts simple!  You will often find her painting live at events of all kinds to "wow" her audience.  Her work has been collected by celebrities, corporations and galleries spanning the globe.  She is also an art instructor and keynote speaker, speaking to artists about how to market themselves in new, fun and creative ways.  Shen lives in Vail, Co with her husband and 3 beautiful daughters ages 15, 3 and 1.  More of Shen's work may be viewed on her website,