International realist art conference hears
presentation on Face to Face project

Studio Incamminati Teaching Fellow Alisyn Blake brought and intimate and emotional context to her work with Face to Face: The Craniofacial Portrait Project during her presentation "Painting from the Inside Out" at The Representational Art Conference, California Lutheran University, March 3, 2014.

After screening a 17-minute film on the project, Blake detailed her own artistic struggles to bring truth and beauty to her work on the project.

Face to Face, a partnership with The Craniofacial Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, uses the intimate process of portrait painting to help young people with craniofacial conditions see themselves in a different light. It also  probes the larger question of how we all react to a person's appearance.

"How can I describe something as intangible as beauty?," Blake said. "Is it always evident at first glance? Is beauty a product of what we know, have been led to believe by our culture or is it something more? . . .  The answers became clear through the process of capturing "truth" in paint, from what I witnessed firsthand over time. It came by not by hiding Paige's facial conditions, but instead painting her as I saw her. The answer came from looking at Paige with deep admiration for her resilience, humor and tenacious spirit. . .  I painted Paige's portrait from the inside out, brushing truth onto the canvas as I sought to portray her beauty and soul with every stroke."


Face to Face: The Craniofacial Portrait Project video

Face to Face at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Studio Incamminati, dedicated to the study and practice of contemporary realist art, is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is recognized as a nonprofit organization under Chapter 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The school features a Professional Program course of study as well as an integrated Studio Art major in partnership with Chestnut Hill College.