Call for Models
States of Being Project

Project Description

The States of Being project will consist of ten sets of life-sized portraits. Each set of portraits will portray a sense of an individual and the way s/he is embodied: personality and attitudes, as well as physical characteristics—health, injury/recovery, age, race, sexuality and gender.

This work is about painting living beings inhabiting their bodies, to show that all are the same in the fact of embodiment. And also to show that presentation of the self and the perception of an individual is myriad—there are many, oftentimes conflicting, meanings associated with individual bodies.

My process reflects the difficulty of seeing others, I blend photography and live modeling to create my work. Since my focus is on bodies in motion, I work from photographs. Since working from life provides a sensibility of the subject to the painter, after I photograph my subjects, I draw from each person live. Ultimately, I am complicit in the very problem I protest—cultural point of view imposing identity on others—but in this project I am trying to surprise myself and viewers by showing kinetic representations of whole individuals.


I am Seattle-based, and looking for non-professional artist models for this work. Each person will be the subject of one of the sets of portraits. The number of works, paintings and/or drawings, per person will vary.

  • Meet to discuss project.
  • Model release
  • Photo session in my studio or in other art photography space. Photo session will be about how each person inhabits her/his body and embodies the self.
  • NOTE: no nudity required, it is most important to me as the artist that the model is comfortable for this project.
  • I will review photos and make initial selection.
  • Model and I meet for 2 live drawing sessions of two hours each. If possible, to draw from poses like the ones chosen from photos.
  • Portraits begin, using live drawing and photo as sources.

Unfortunately I cannot offer compensation at this time, besides gratitude and documentation of finished works.

If you are interested, please email me using the form below.
(The “email” field is for your email address, no need to include mine, as it is a part of this system already.)