Ghost Girl

Artwork details: gouache, 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25 cm), 2011.

This was one probably the most unusual portrait commission I have been asked to paint. This is a portrait of Karen, but Karen herself didn't ask me to paint it, because Karen is dead, and has been for some decades.

I was asked for this portrait by the man whom she has been haunting. This is what he tells me, and that she has been haunting him since his childhood. It was painted to be the cover of a book that he has written about this life-long experience, details of which can be found on

Karen the ghost - close-up

Usually, for painting portraits, I insist on one or more good photographs, preferably in natural light. But in this case I had to be content with a description of Karen, and the design on the back of a piece of carbon paper, which was a repeated pattern showing a girl's face and hair, in a sightly Art-Nouveau fashion. My client is convinced that Karen directed him to find the carbon paper, and even that she temporarily took me over to complete the portrait, because it is apparently so accurate.

Well, I should say that I believe this to be all my own work, but I am delighted to have a happy client!

Karen the ghost - painting by Nancy Farmer

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