In this weekly series, gain inspiration and insights from one of our featured artists.

Acrylic portrait painting

Christina Ramos, “Does this outfit make me look fat?” acrylic on canvas, 30 x 15 in.

“Through trial and lots of error, I began to create my own method of acrylic painting that allowed me to paint in the representational style of the artists I loved so much. For a long time, this method was haphazard and improvised (like your grandmother’s recipe card that calls for a ‘pinch of this’ or ‘dash of that’), but teaching provided me the opportunity to reflect on my process… Most people want to learn figure and portrait painting with oils, but others, like myself, see the advantages that acrylics can give.”

~Christina Ramos (Artists on Art magazine, Issue 31 September/October 2018, “Portraits in Acrylic: An Unconventional Approach”)