This portrait was done more with emotion than anything. Instead of trying to do her eyes, nose, mouth, etc. correctly, I would catch myself portraying feelings, then realize I wasn’t concentrating on specifics. I’d try to get back to that, but would slip back to the emotional involvement. I just let my brushstrokes flow. She is a strong and caring influence on so many people — she’s a diving coach who encourages her divers to greatness. She is very loyal and considerate to her friends and she absolutely loves her family. I’ve wanted to portray that feeling more than anything.