About this artwork
Two figures share an intimate conversation, as the title suggests. Gena began this painting using thickly applied strokes of greens, dark reds and blues. These layers were reworked a number of times to create the deep, luminous glow of the finished piece. The characters radiate light and a sense of their personal feelings and intentions.Part of Gena's ongoing Illumination series, exploring mood and emotion through abstract portraits. She begins each piece with a dark background, adding fast, autonomous and broad marks. As the work progresses, she reveals and wipes away a history of her mark-making, selectively deciding what imagery to keep and what to discard. She continues the process until recognizable imagery and figures materialize. Her reference material for these portraits is mostly color schemes observed in nature or from memory.