These "little gem" portraits are at the heart of an evolution from monochromatic or grayscale to the chromatic awakening of the artist's palette. They are colorful explorations into the personality of the subject, seeking to find the emotions beneath the surface. They are also a means to discover and experiment with the juxtaposition of ancient and modern methodologies and materials. Raw linen is attached to a support, rabbit skin glue and gesso are applied before painting can begin. The image is drawn from life or transferred from another source by grid, tracing or observational drawing. Careful attention is paid to the use of shadow and light for drama and depth. Small details, such the eyes or mouth, are left "unfinished." The interest of the artist lies in successfully achieving a translucent quality to human skin, mimicking its appearance in life. The representations of skin tone, color, age and health are as varied as the human subjects. Intense colors are achieved through many layers of transparent glazes, which can take weeks or months to complete, as proper glazing is dependent on humidity, air circulation, temperature and other factors, including ingredients and solvents used.