Diana I by Katherine Martinez
Original oil pastel on sanded pastel paper
12 x 12 inches unframed
In the art world, at the height of the pandemic it was not possible to be near one another, and as a result left many art models without work and many artists without sources of inspiration. It is a great privilege to get to paint from the live model, there is much to learn from the human form that can be applied to various subject matter. So as you can imagine I felt quite down but to my great surprise I connected online with a figure model who sold reference photos she took of herself for artists to paint from. I’m grateful to Diana Jean Oliphant, model and photographer, for provided such a splendid resource.