CM: When in the 1970s Irene Douka-Charlesworth was in North Carolina of America she attended courses in painting at the Charlotte Museum of History . Having learned to paint still lives and portraits, she chose to avoid portraiture, as their workmanship is time-consuming, requiring at least four sittings. The Girl in Red is the third and last portrait painted by the artist. The girl of the portrait is a friend of one of the students, and agreed to pose without being a professional model. Obvious on her face is the feeling of a new experience. With Girl in Red Douka-Charlesworth manages to rise to the challenge of portraiture, to convey the sitter's character, which in this case is obviously pure and sensitive. The self-conscious pose and the tight face characterize this portrait, without however taking away the beauty of life and the charm of youth. This is a most beautiful face of a young girl at the peak of her youth. She wears a short-sleeved dress made of thin material for the summer. The intense red color of the dress has something of youth's passion for life. The choice of a warm palette for the greater part of the portrait makes the blue almond-shaped eyes stand out markedly. Her gaze is powerful and the eyes follow the viewer wherever he may stands.
[Megakles Rogakos 06/2007]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens