Lilia’s family wanted to give her something special for her 80’th birthday. Something to remind her of her life in Peru (she now lives in America but spent most of her life in Peru). They approached me to ask if I could paint a portrait form an old photo of Lilia, when she was 16 wearing the traditional Peruvian Ñusta clothing.
The biggest challenge was that the photo had limited colour information, being a black and white photo that had been coloured after. My aim was to breath more life into the picture and more authentic colours, a lot of the painting was guess work using my experience of painting different skin tones.
20cm x 20cm oil painting on box canvas
Lilia was so delighted by her present, her family told me she proudly shows it to all her friends when they come to visit.