“Mia” Contemporary portrait painting gold leaf

September 3, 2019
gold leaf contemporary portrait painting on white wall

When I first started painting, I would not have considered myself a contemporary portrait painting artist, I just started to paint in all different mediums, including gold leaf. I always loved portraits but I never knew it was my calling. It wasn’t until I started to incorporate my portrait photography into my paintings that it finally started to click for me.

Inspiration for this Piece:

This contemporary gold leaf painting is where I wanted to try to do something simple. I tend to do either very complex or very simple paintings, and I was in the mood for something simpler and more minimalistic here. I went all-white with the gold leaf over it, and etched into that are the words that I was feeling at the time. I also wanted to do a different screen with both light and dark, so I took Mia and did the light with this one. 

Other Details:

As a portrait painting artist, I take the photographs and then turn them into contemporary portrait paintings. Interested in learning more about this process or seeing a bit of it? Check out this behind-the-scenes video of my work!

“Mia” is a contemporary gold leaf portrait painting based on a portrait photograph. This piece uses gold leaf and is 25.25 by 25.25 framed.

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The Portrait Painting Artist:

Although I call myself a portrait painting artist, it is hard to categorize my work as one thing specifically as it falls under: Pop art, Modern art, Mixed Media, and street art. What I do to create art is a multifaceted process that is done all by hand. It’s a labor of love where each piece will have hours of work poured into it until I feel like it’s finally finished.

What is Mixed Media Art/Portrait Painting?

Mixed media art refers to a visual art form that combines a variety of media in a single artwork. In my art, this usually means combining my photography with painting. I use a variety of unique materials: gold and silver leaf, a color changing technique, etc.


Want to See More?

Interested in seeing more of my work? Check out some of my other portrait painting art!

Here is another piece using gold leaf.

Here, check out a portrait painting that uses silver leaf.

I also have several color changing portraits; check one out here!


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