Whilst I was traveling around the US I stayed in Ohio, and while I was in Youngstown, Ohio I went to the Butler Institute for art. One of the exhibitions that I went to when we were walking around the Butler was a portrait exhibition by Rhoda Yanow. Her paintings were vibrant and full of humanity, able to convey something and imbued with something that I still believe it is hard to capture in a photograph.
Portraiture is always held to be a dying art in the same way that guitar music is regularly pronounced dead. If artists like Rhoda Yanow are still painting pictures of this quality then that claim is not only premature it is somewhat idiotic. I like abstract art but it engages a different part of the brain. You should go and check out the rest of her work and see if you don’t fall in love with it too.