Watercolour abstract portrait of a woman's face

Created: 31/12/2012
Artist: Selina Shapland


I was inspired to create this painting, my last painting from 2012, by a photo of a blond woman on a tattoo magazine.  She had that retro cool look and I loved the way she peered out from the magazine to watch me.  I tried to capture that look in my painting.

I love the imperfection of her beauty as she very much represents that beauty in the human body that is our character, our trial by fire and yet it is partly hidden from the world as we try our best not to let other people see the experiences and scars that lay hidden in our minds, hearts and souls.

I call her ‘Watercolour Woman 2012’, the face of the in-between-ness of humanity…