I portrayed representatives of different faiths and religions in Iowa. On the portrait session I asked them about their particular faith and which aspects were essential for them, about their goals and their personal experiences on becoming leaders of their congregations.
Ironically, despite of trying hard, I could not reach any from the Jehovah’s Witnesses and from the Seventh-Day Adventist Church (Mormons). I found a little ironic that those who are knocking on your door, did not come. Where were they when I need them?
Another representative lacking in this project was an imam representing the Muslim world. However I had interesting reflections because this issue. For instance, a notorious imam paradoxically agreed on being photographed but not painted. And as the project was on painting, I did not do it on those terms. And since the project is about painting, I was not to include him if I was not granted to portray him with my oil technic.