The sitter for this portrait is Sanne Østergaard Nissen. She is an author and university lecturer, and a former colleague of mine. Sanne does her lion share of working against perfectionism as a goal per se. Her writings and public talks are about the perfectly imperfect and the ability to cut oneself a bit slack at times. It is not that you cannot excel at something, or be in a concentrated and creative flow, or you cannot take pride in your work. No, her quest is to stop you from pressuring yourself beyond the point where it is fun or the point where it is well and truly required of you.

From an initial meeting, we talked, experimented with various angles and poses and shot many photographs. Then there was a first proper portrait sitting, and later another to touch up on some detail work and adjust the colours. The final motif is Sanne at a moment when she is about to change facial expression. It somehow captured her energy and personality.

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Title/Titel/Titel/Títolo #5i, (Sanne Østergaard Nissen), Acrylic and oil on canvas/ Akryl und Öl auf Leinwand/Akryl og olie på lærred/acrílico e óleo sobre tela 80x100cm.

Sanne Østergaard Nissen in the studio after having sat for a portrait








Sanne Østergaard Nissen