This portrait is a very personal one for me as it is a painting of my father zl as a young student in yeshiva or kollel. He was a lovely, caring man who did a lot for the community of Colmar, France where he lived. Unfortunately he passed away in 1976 at the young age of 42 in a tragic accident. Since he never enjoyed having his photo taken there are very few clear photos of him and I was overjoyed to find this one even though it’s not how I remember him.
I painted this with a different technique, starting with a very warm, gold undercoat and continuing in greys that allowed the warmth to come through.