This is my friend Minako. Well, it's a self-portrait painted by her. The painting's beautiful, but doesn't really do justice to Minako, who is much more gorgeous in real life, with to-die-for porcelain smooth complexion that makes me go green with envy each time I see her.
This classy lady is an art conservator by profession (how cool is that?) but she paints too, pretty awesomely I must say. Her specialty is portraits with intricate chinois-inspired details.
My favourite though is this (pencil? charcoal?) drawing of her teenage son. So simple yet it fully captures a teenager's sense of joie de vivre and devil-may-care attitude. Love it. Minako's stories about her battles with her boy always make me laugh yet even as we laugh, we both know it's only a matter of time before my turn comes.
While Minako has her own website (for art conservation), she's still looking for someone to design a site to display her paintings. In the meantime, I've put some of them together here. I believe among these there's a portrait of her little 4th-grader Sophia. Enjoy!