About this artwork
A large-scale abstract portrait set in gentle surroundings. Expressive strokes of orange, pink, purple and greens develop the mood. This painting portrays a woman ready to take on the world with her whole life ahead of her, explains Gena. She stands looking out from a garden with her hair pulled up, embellished with pastel-colored ribbons.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.