Noni is one of my favorite painting subjects. She is a distant, long-deceased relative who appears often in the stacks of old family photos I use for reference and inspiration. I am especially drawn to Noni’s beautiful face that seems to tell a story on its own. Her expression reveals a hint of pain and struggle along with a strength that all women have. In some small way she is a part of me that I haven’t been able to let go of. I feel a need to paint her over and over again.
An interesting fact about Noni is when she was a young woman she was gored in the face by a bull leaving a pronounced scar on the right side of her face.