Jemima Kirke (b. 1985) is a versatile artist—comfortably moving between the worlds of painting, directing, and acting—who finds a creative home on the canvas. She begins each of her signature portraits from life, putting people at ease by suggesting they look at her ear if eye contact feels uncomfortable. Often painting women and children, Kirke adeptly captures her subjects’ spirits without exploiting them. You get the sense that something is held back in her portraits—not out of ignorance, but out of respect for the subject’s innermost self.