Acrylic on canvas, 2017

30″ x 40″

This is one of many portraits I have done of the girl. I have always found her to be a mysterious inspiration. Most flowers are pulled from the ground and torn near the root but not this girl, she must never be uprooted, Well at least not by me. We were in art class together, back in high school. I think she was the first one to notice the Artist in me. She was nice to me, she didn’t write me off like I was some crazy native teenager. Maybe I was a lil weird but aren’t most artists a lil different. I wanted her to have a piece of this great puzzle of mine, This one is for you Amanda!!!! – Riel Benn