|And She Was Masked, 5x5 in|
Chantel's family knows that she is constantly on the lookout for inspiring models. This means if you hang around the Barber family long enough, you may very well get asked the question "Hey, would you model for me?" She is also always on the hunt for unique props to adorn models with. So when she found several amazing masks, she already had a model in mind. Her older son's girlfriend graciously came and sat while Chantel painted her from life in the studio. Then on to a photo shoot. This provided Chantel with some fabulous references for future paintings. She has already created several paintings in this "Mask" series. Chantel explains why this series is so special to her:
"During my teenage years I was an avid reader. Fictional mysteries were my all time favorite. I loved the suspense - the 'not knowing' exactly what was going to happen. Working with these masks and models has re-created the wonderful aura of mystery I love so much. The viewer is given just enough information, while still allowing for the unknown."