‘Crystal Lara’ is my latest painting. Here is a little look into what images I used to make this painting. When I do a realistic painting, or a painting based on a specific model or piece of clothing, I always use a reference photo to make sure I get the look I want to achieve. I usually don’t try to make the picture too realistic as that is not what my style is about. I have in the past and I do, every now and again, attempt realism in portraits. My general opinion is that there are so many artists that can do that so much better than me, so I focus on making each painting mine instead of hyper-realistic!