Tenaya Nasser-Frederick

, Oil Paint

 I began this portrait series in 2009 to show the meaning of identity for adolescents. The portraits were created after a series of interviews with the models on their own sense of identity. Though our hobbies and interests may change over time, where we come from grounds us and shapes who we are or strive to be. Every element in the paintings were carefully chosen to best capture the personality and essence of the model.