What do I want my models to see when they look a the portraits I make about them?
An apparition of themselves. I want them to have the feeling that they appeared in the canvas infront of themselves, like a ghost that appeared in the mirror. That the painting tells them something about themselves, something that they hadn't realized until then, specially somthing that they cannot explain.
The most rewarding I've found as a portrait-maker is the reaction of my models. They smile, they express gratitude and feel happy. Their smiles and words are most rewarding to me, not as a compliment, but as a feedback: I draw people to feel connected with them, and their response is a way of feeling that the connection was made.