Portrait of Neema Tambo

Portrait of Neema by Gaela Erwin

Portrait of Neema Tambo
by Gaela Erwin
© Gaela Erwin

Gaela Erwin undertook a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio followed by an MA at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Her work has been seen in solo exhibitions in Louisville, Chicago and Cincinnati and in numerous group exhibitions in the USA and Europe.

The portrait is of the artist’s friend, Neema Tambo, a pharmacy student who agreed to sit for two pastel portraits that were included in Erwin’s 2016 solo exhibition. Artist and model agreed to continue the process to create this oil painting that took over a year to complete with sittings taking place in the artist’s studio, which in mornings receives natural daylight with a blue light.

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