Something I hope people who commission me to paint themselves or their loved ones realize is this: I don't paint people to make them look flawless or beautiful. I paint people to distort them based on their character and to even highlight imperfections. This is why I feel like the people who like my portraits least are the people I've painted. (I don't know this to be fact--but I do suspect it.)
"Beauty" is boring to me. What I personally find beautiful is what makes each of us US. What quirks and flaws we each have. It's beyond me why we try to cover these things up and hide ourselves behind masks. We're all fucking beautiful, and fucking FUCK what society says. OK???