Highland Park -- Two bright lights shine on my face as I sit in a green armchair. My elbows are propped up on wooden chair arms, and my empty hands rest on my thighs. I lean against the straight chair back. I breathe. And blink. And sit in stillness. You wouldn’t know it, but I’m hard at work. It’s a late Friday afternoon and I’m modeling for local artist Margaret Garcia and a weekly portrait painting class at her Highland Park studio.
My eyes want to dart around this wonderfully cluttered studio; Margaret is famous for her vibrant and bold colors and how she transforms everyday scenes into studies of beauty.