To present a picture
Gifting a painting, especially a portrait, is not an easy task. Of course, painters are no exception to this.
I once watched a special Picasso exhibition held at the Kunsthaus in Switzerland. In this exhibition, I came to see an acrylic painting by Paulo, Picasso's son, painted on a small canvas of about a hand's span. It was the smallest painting compared to the other Picasso paintings displayed there, but it had such a strong impact that I still remember it. It was because the child's innocence, clarity, and hope for the future were completely contained in the small canvas with simple lines. It probably doesn't matter how much this little picture resembles his real son, Paulo. This picture is very flat rather than realistic, and it feels like a cut from a cartoon.
However, looking at this painting, I realized that a portrait is not a reconstruction of a fact, but a display of the energy within a person. And since then, my portrait work has always progressed toward bringing out and showing people's inner energy.
In this respect, I drew a picture with a heart of gratitude for this portrait for my acquaintance, and with the desire to tell about the love he served for our family and Koreans in our area. In particular, she took care of her neighbors by making and delivering side dishes for isolated Koreans when everyone was isolated due to the shutdown during the pandemic. I overcame the pandemic I was going through in a foreign country by looking at the little post-it that she put on her side dish.
She always wrote the word thank you along with a message to overcome well on the side dish. It seems that many Koreans, including me, were well aware that this person was the one to be thankful for in their hearts.
I consider myself fortunate to have met this man during my American life. And with a heart of gratitude to him, I drew a portrait and delivered it. My daughter also drew a picture on the inside of the card and wrote a thank you message in Korean.
Creating a portrait gift is undoubtedly a profound endeavor, as it requires touching the very core of the recipient's heart. In my personal journey, I have been fortunate to encounter kind souls who possess a deep appreciation for art and carry a clarity within their hearts. Each time I had the privilege to deliver their beautifully captured visages, it brought me immense joy and fulfillment.
There is an indescribable beauty in connecting with individuals who resonate with the power of painting. They embrace the language of art and understand its ability to evoke emotions, memories, and a sense of wonder. It is in their company that I find solace and inspiration, for they truly comprehend the significance of portraying the human spirit.
As an artist, my desire is to continue embarking on this profound path of capturing the essence of individuals. I yearn to encounter more kindred souls whose hearts are open to the transformative magic of art. The joy of unveiling their inner beauty and presenting them with a visual testament of their unique existence is a privilege that fuels my creative passion.
Through my brushstrokes and artistic vision, I strive to create portraits that not only capture the physical features but also penetrate the depths of their souls. It is my deepest aspiration to touch the hearts of those who receive my artwork, to evoke a sense of connection, and to celebrate the profound beauty that lies within each person.
May this artistic journey continue to unfold, allowing me to cross paths with individuals whose hearts resonate with the language of art. Together, we can create a tapestry of emotions, memories, and shared experiences, transcending the confines of time and space.
In this boundless realm of artistry, I shall persist, driven by the profound joy that comes from immortalizing the exquisite faces of those who grace my canvas.
Myungja Anna Koh