"The model for this piece assumed a pose that cried out to be captured in paint. To my eye, Sherry “owned” the space she occupied in the studio with a quiet dignity and strength that evoked the indomitability of the human spirit. Her feet planted firmly on the floor, her head turned upward toward the light, her eyes looking beyond the present moment toward a future in which her resolve will surely prevail – what an extraordinarily powerful and compelling image!
"For me, the very best models or “sitters” bring a quality of presence to the process of posing that challenges the painter to find the requisite tools to respond in a meaningful way. Simply “holding still” does not constitute a “quality of presence” (indeed, teapots and bowls of fruit have been known to hold a specific pose indefinitely with great precision and reliability!).