About my experience:
I was at an artist residency when I received word about the shooting at Pulse night club. I remember feeling helpless and sick of the violence and hate. When I received word about the 49 Portraits Project, I immediately contacted Mia to sign up. It has been a healing process to participate and get to know the details of Juan Ramon Guerrero’s face. In painting him, I thought about him as a person, what he might have been like, and how the ones he loved got to know his face so well. I hope his family and friends find the portrait of him a close resemblance of both his outward appearance and inner being.
Tori Tinsley (b. 1980) received her BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design, her MAAT from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her MFA from Georgia State University. Work from her Hug series was published in New American Paintings’ 2016 South edition. Tori is a 2015 Idea Capital Grant recipient and has been awarded a 2016 City of Atlanta Emerging Artist Award and a City of Atlanta Artist Project Grant. Currently, she is planning solo exhibitions at Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery in Atlanta, GA and Sweet Lorraine Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Tori is represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace in Gold Coast, Australia and Tasini Gallery in New York.