Rescued from the shadows, the women at the source of some of the great discoveries, writings, innovations and art are thankfully being brought into the light. This positive trend in the retelling of history inspired the process of these portraits. The figure is revealed through the paint as if by painstakingly brushing away the earth in an archaeological dig.
Winsor and Newton (Series 7) 000 brushes have been used for all of the facial details. They are in fact the same brushes I used in my photographic retouching business 30 years ago, before the advent of Photoshop.