"A portrait is not only a very personal unseen bond which was put on a sheet of paper between the model and the artist. It is also an artist statement to all viewers, who observe the portrait at the end. What the statement is, that is what each observer has to find out for himself."
"I started drawing about the age of three or four years old.
What shaped me up forever, was the first moment I saw the framed wedding picture from my grandparents hanging on the wall. This artificially colored photograph fascinated me so much, that I instinctively knew that I wanted to draw faces. My parents always stood behind me and encouraged and helped me a lot. In the year 1975, I participated in a drawing competition in Derdermont, Belgium and was very surprised and also very happy to have won the third prize - a bronze Medallion. Ever since I only have one desire and that is drawing faces.
My enormous interest, curiosity and fascination for the face mimic, the body poseur and the whole psychology of a person always inspires and fascinates me to explore the person opposite me. Each portrait is the copy of a Person and it is always a great new challenge trying to hold all these details on a sheet of paper, forever. A significant fact is, while the model gets older, the portrait always remains young – forever! I have a great range of artists who I like and each one of them, give me many different kinds of inspiration: Gottfried Helnwein, Colin Davidson, Gerhard Richter, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dürer, J. Ingres, Tizian and Nikolas Hilliard.
From 1986 until 1992, I was an art student at a Portraitist in Wiesbaden, Germany. Her name was Marina von Michel. Before she died in the year 2012, we also became very close friends and I have a lot to thank her for. Since 2017, I am a Member of the Kuenstlerkreis Johannisberg and also of the Rheingauer Kunstverein both in Germany.
Since 2018 you can visit me on Pinterest as well. (in.pinterest.com/rosemarypaprotny/)."
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist