This Female Portrait Painting Series is Somber and Intense

By: Farida Helmy - Published: May 29, 2014 • References: maralight & mymodernmet
There's something utterly mesmerizing about this faded female portrait painting series that makes me want to keep looking into the faces of these long-lost women.

Created by the super talented Pittsburgh-based artist Mara Light, these intimate paintings transform us into another era where the female body was meant to be a secret. The female portrait painting series is not old, but the way the artist is able to make it genuinely seem lost, dusty, deteriorated, forgotten and worn-out by age is amazing.

Playing with shadows, textures and color to create that retro effect, Light enhances the sultry and mysterious feel of her art by painting the women with intense somber gazes and nostalgically sad -- and unsmiling -- faces. Stats for Vintage Victorian Portraits Trending: Older & Warm
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