Defiance of Brunhilde – Female Portrait – Wagner Ring Cycle Festival

“Defiance of Brunhilde”
12 x 16 oil on linen panel

This portrait was painted in conjunction with the performance of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which is in its final week in Los Angeles. The model for this painting was a high school student in Orange County, who may have been about the same age as the noted Valkyrie.

Unfortunately the lighting on the model in my position was flat front-lit, and I was unable to move nor make changes to the lighting. Still, it was a good exercise and I”m satisfied with the outcome of the project. My portrait of Wotan (below) is currently hanging at the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels until July 16.


  1. Patti Gibbons
    July 1, 2010

    Karen; impressed by your versatility! It’s inspiring.

  2. Marie Theron
    July 1, 2010

    It is such a thrill when you you paint these Old Master-style cultural themes, Karen!

  3. Marian Fortunati
    July 2, 2010

    Good talking with you yesterday, Karen! You do amazing things!

  4. Tolga Ersoy
    October 11, 2012

    Impressive portraits. Especially Wotan’s decided look on his eye, his modest appearence yet confident stand remind me a verse of Milton: “Majestic though in ruin: Sage he stood, with Atlantean shoulders fit to bear the weight of mightiest monarchies…”

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