Megan Riehl


My intention for my art has never been to speak to a larger audience or make grandiose, global statements. I am much more interested in having a conversation with just one person, the subject of the piece, and because of this, I am especially drawn to the genre of portraiture. The portraits that I create are meant to highlight and study the subject of the piece, and every portrait I create is of someone very important to me. In this series, I started each piece by sitting directly in front of the person and created paintings that represent a moment I shared with that person. I layer multiple faces, symbols, and pieces of the surrounding environment in my portraits to represent the way it felt to interact with my sitters. The most important thing for me is to create pieces that are personal and intimate between me and my subjects, to create representations of a moment that only my sitters and I know.

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