I live in the tiny town north of Asheville called Marshall. It sits right along the French Broad River. There is an island in the river and on that island is an old high school that's been converted into artist studios. I had the pleasure of photographing Michele and Jim Ostlund in their studio space on the island for the July issue of Asheville Made Magazine. Michele and Jim are extremely talented classically trained artists who were trained as part of nearly 350-year-old lineage of Master to Apprentice painters. Along that line of painters happens to be Jean-Leon Gerome (1824-1904), an artist I wrote about in art school for an art history paper. When I photographed Michele I was inspired by the portraits in she makes that were hung around us in her studio. That portrait of Michele was chosen as the cover of the July 2018 issue.
You can find the online version of the article in Asheville Made here.