This is Mikal, a little boy I met in Jamaica. What I wanted most to capture about him was the mix of uncertainty and boldness he possessed. My first plan was to paint him in his entirety and I worked out several compositions. The first painting did not work at all. As my friend and fellow artist, Donna, stated, "It's just not interesting to me."
She was right. I realized that the interesting part of this painting would be his expression and hair, so I repainted, cropped close and kept the focus on his face.