"For this challenge I drew ideas from my love of history. I thought of a time before photographs, when paintings were all that documented the appearance of people. If these paintings did not exist, the people captured in these paintings would almost disappear, with the exception of written word. Even if a person was written about, I believe the lasting painting of their portrait makes the person more significant to be known by the generations that follow.
I chose portraits by my favorite 18th century painter Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun. Using an inkjet printer I printed the images on 5 x 7 canvas paper, front and back. On one side the portrait remains, on the other I’ve used acrylic paint erase the subject."