"Portrait of Maquoketa" Artist to Live Paint 20 Iowans at the State Fair

Aug 11, 2016

Starting today artist Rose Frantzen will be live painting 20 Iowans, two each day of the Iowa State Fair in the Varied Industries Building as part of Iowa State University’s “Your Beautiful Adventure” project.

Frantzen is the master mind behind “Portraits of Maquoketa,” a collection of portraits of residents of Maquoketa with a landscape of the town painted on the other side. She says she pulls a lot away from painting people’s faces.

“There are two people who are vulnerable when you’re painting a portrait. I am also vulnerable. Remember, all the time while I’m looking at you, you’re looking at me. I’m studying you and look at you, so in a way, I’m abstracting you out, but I’m also trying to be very open and receiving. For me, all of like whether I’m going to successfully paint that person and like that portrait… there’s a strange exchange of vulnerability,” she says.

During this Talk of Iowa segment, Frantzen talks with Charity Nebbe, who she will be live painting today at the state fair from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. central time.