What is a Visual Biography Anyway?

How do we visually describe time? What compositional tools are the most effective? Time could be images laid in a “time” line. A linear composition would present images in order. (Very left brained!) First this happens, then this happens, then this happens. Or maybe time could be a collage. The more important events/images would be larger or more colorful or have more contrast. Visual space between parts of the story.

A portrait shows your face and the life it has lived. The way your head sits on your shoulders, the slight irregularities of your smile, and expressions noticed when you talk or laugh are your life. Sometimes faces are beautiful masks that hide complicated “time” lines. The visual biography is subtle and visible on your face and shoulders and hands.

Having portraits drawn or painted on a regular basis is a great way to expand your visual biography. I have painted a 12 x 12” selfie every year since I turned 60. I look at them on the wall of my studio. I remember different times in my recent life, my travels and thoughts. This is a powerful way to express time and growth.

Practicing for Nyeopi in Bali

"Art hurts,

art urges voyages,

and it is easier to stay home."

Gwendolyn Brooks



Join me while I fly on the trapeze of life!

The greatest tricks are performed mid-air.

Follow my artist's journey

as I capture the spirit of people and places.

Alright! Let's Go! Andiamo!