So I just finished this painting, "Sylvia and the Police Officer", and I realized while I was working on it that I had never painted a black person before. Now, some people, like my kids, would call that racist, but I think it's just obliviousness. I just had never thought about it one way or the other.
When I came up with the idea for this image I had initially wanted to find a local cop to pose for me, but I couldn't make myself go through the process. So I looked online for images, and this guy was the best positioned police figure, and he happened to be black. And I like that!