About this artwork
This painting evokes a mood of nightfall, as these three figures ponder which way to go with their journey, explains Gena. Moody dark blues and blacks surround and engulf them while sharp, bold contrasting brushstrokes of light peer softly around each form.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.