Initially, these images appear to be crisp, elegant photographs. However, in reality, each hyperrealistic image is an oil painting created by artist Anna Halldin Maule. With unbelievable attention to detail, the Hawaii-based artist produces amazingly detailed, beautifully feminine portraits.
The artist's process is a collaboration with photographer husband Tom Maule. The couple develops a photo shoot to serve as the inspiration for the idea that Maule has in mind for her next painting. Her recent work is an exploration of femininity and beauty juxtaposed with society's obsession with material goods.
“Women of today are assaulted by a continuous stream of media bytes dictating how we should look, think, and purchase,” says the artist. “My latest paintings are part of my Persona series and through them I explore the ‘masks' women wear in their quest to discover their true selves.” Persona is currently on exhibit in the artist's debut solo exhibition at Scott Richards Contemporary Art in San Francisco through August 30, 2014.