90. KELLY IN TAOS - portrait painting by Lisa Sonora from the series 100 Portraits in 100 Days: A Quarantine Diary


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One of the silver linings of lockdown, is being able to connect more with my friends — all of whom live far away.

Everyone’s gotton accustomed to Zoom and video calls. Everyone’s pretty much stuck at home, with nowhere to go, and so available to visit.

It is a comfort to know that no matter who I think of in the world, whether we’re actually friends or not, is that we are all being impacted by this pandemic. In different ways, sure. But in this experience, we are not totally alone. Which helps me feel more connected.

Note to Kelly: I think before you even saw this, a local painter here in Oaxaca, Mexico picked the portrait I painted of you for his collection.

Back in Chicago, when I was a teenager, I worked as an artist’s model. For one semester, I posed for a portrait painting class somewhere in Old Town. I always wondered what happened to all of those paintings of me. Might I be hanging on someone’s wall somewhere? Or piled in the back of a closet?

These small, original portraits are painted on top pages cut and upcycled from my sketchbooks.

Painted on July 5, 2020.

This portrait is from the series, 100 Portraits in 100 Days: A Quarantine Diary by Lisa Sonora

What began as a creative challenge to focus my energies during the first weeks of solo quarantine in March 2020, evolved into a diary of my experience. 


Materials: Acrylic, Ink, Wax, Graphite on Paper

Size: 5 X 7 Inches (13 x 18 CM)


This is a signed and authenticated original painting by Lisa Sonora.