"Holding Her Own" This girl is modeled after a photo in a book of National Geographic portraits. (I'd love to be able to credit the photographer here but I don't know who it was or what the book was called! So, whoever you are: thank you!) There was such a sense of strength, defiance and fear mixed with the vulnerability of a little girl and I was really drawn to her. She looked about ten years old, but with the worldliness of a much older woman. I painted her on untreated wood and thinned my paints to really allow the grain to come through. As I was painting her my mind kept wandering to woodcut printing so I tried to capture that in the fabric of her clothes and headscarf.