Oil painting of a model whom I became friends with. She lives in Sweden and I saw her photographic self portraits and asked her if I could use them for painting. Since then I have painted quite a few of her. This portrait is quite large and is done in a realistic style. I have tried to capture her romantic appearance and natural beauty. Working in a realistic style gives me practice in my techniques and in my ability to draw and paint accurately. I feel this is essential to enable me to work freely without too much technical consideration as I value working intuitively. Regardless of style my belief is that you can never have enough knowledge and technical ability.