Isaiah by Kumiko S. McKee

14th Annual ARC Salon (2019-2020)

Kumiko S. McKee



101.6 × 76.2 cm | 40 × 30 in

Graphite on paper

  • Honorable Mention / Drawing

This series of work is titled, “American Family”, which represents each family member in a multi-cultural family. This series shows off the diverse character of each individual in my family and the mixing of cultures to promote the idea of unity rather than division and racism. It is very important for me to express the emotions and characters of my subjects. This helps take a drawing beyond just a normal portrait to bring to life the real person.

My drawing, Isaiah, is a portrait of my nephew, who is very shy and afraid to speak. Yet the viewer can sense an inner sensitivity and creative spirit in him. I drew this piece wishing him courage and confidence and to be strong and to realize his potential. I drew this when he was 17 years old and I am happy that he has grown into a confident young man.