“If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.”  — Edward Hopper (1882-1967)

While I hope and expect that every painting I create has captured an essence of truth and beauty, it is a magnificently complex journey to this fruition.

I undertake every artistic endeavor motivated by an uncertainty in my ability to nurture the artistry necessary to move beyond the rudimentary application of paint to canvas. I want to create, not just paint. I find myself searching for the details — lines, lighting, shadows — until they appear to me. I want to conquer every true artist’s fear — that of failing to create something original and magical.

Portraits are a predominant part of my artistry, as I am fascinated and challenged by the changes age, experience, environment, lighting, background and just a slight muscle movement can make. A true portrait painting goes far beyond merely capturing a faithful likeness. A painter, unlike a photographer, has endless opportunities to edit what’s observed, whether working from life or from a photo. I strive to reach the highest artistic plateaus in order to best achieve my goal — to create portraitures that truly capture the depth and complexity of my subject.

It’s a thrilling journey, one I share in syncopation with the subject of my art. I forge a connection; I want to look beyond the bare likeness of a person and to interpret the inner essence and soul. The moment I find it, it resonates deeply within me.

I’ve been blessed with a special gift and it’s immensely satisfying to know that I can use my talent to bring joy into the lives of others. Every portrait I create allows me with the opportunity to create a work of art that exhibits both beauty and timelessness. It’s exciting to consider the possibility that one day my painting may become a cherished heirloom, providing deep meaning for many generations to come.

— Ingrid Lockowandt was born in Kiel, in northern Germany, and is currently living and working in Tiburon, California USA. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America and is available for limited commissions, on request, for both local and international clients.