This drawing was inspired by the art I saw at the New Orleans Museum of Art with my uncle when he came to New Orleans for Thanksgiving break. We looked at two exhibits. First we saw the Abstract Expressionist work of Joan Mitchell, Ed Clark, and Alma Thomas. Then we saw the Photorealism exhibit with paintings by Richard Estes, Chuck Close, etc. I wondered how I could appreciate both styles of art so much. Although my portrait is not Photorealist or Abstract Expressionist, I was influenced by the idea that the face could be a representational portrait and the background could be completely abstract. The woman did not need a body because her face was all I envisioned of her.