Marianne Collins

Suede Portrait Paintings

Whether they're candid or posed, these painted portraits capture the essence and presence of a personality.  The mixed media used to create the representations, including meticulous handicraft techniques such as embroidery, provoke nostalgia and intimacy.  The devoted stitching and small-scale brushwork, applied against the warmth of the suede, enhance the intimacy and personal familiarity of the rendered subjects.  This is furthered in the display of the images, which are mounted with care in handmade stained wood frames.