In this series, Abstract v. Figurative, Rebecca George explores the contrast between representing the figure/portrait while abstracting elements that are essential in a more traditional treatment of the human body. The collage material (antique burlap) was affixed to high grade Belgian Linen with an archival adhesive primer prior to the application of high quality oil and raw pigments mixed with unbleached beeswax. The variations in surface texture are rich to the eye and 'break up' the continuity of a face, a body--so that the viewer sees both the figure and the abstraction of the figure. The palette is complementary (red and green) with muted and chromatic grey variations. High chroma areas are treated as accents in the palette. This painting was completed in approximately 3 months.