Portrait of Mike
Zen Buddhist Roshi and High School Teacher
“I’m so grateful to Noah Klavens for painting a museum quality portrait of me and, as importantly, for how considerate he was in the process. First, we spent an afternoon collaborating to create a composition that would convey my values. This is why in my portrait we see elements of nature and Zen. Noah took photos of me, then invited me to choose the ones I appreciated the most. He later shared a nearly finished version of the portrait with me and invited my feedback to make final edits. It all felt warmly collaborative in service of bringing forth my inner character."
"The final portrait shines with embodied presence and demonstrates the deep connection between subject and artist borne out of the trust that he earns through the process. Noah’s attention to composition, perspective, style, and the subtle dance of color and light create a physical presence and aliveness that express so much more humanity than a photo can. If you want to commission a portrait of yourself or someone you care about, I can’t recommend Noah strongly enough.”