I encountered Hasidic Jews for the first time when I visited Brooklyn, New York in 2014. I saw many of them on the street all dressed in black and felt as though I traveled back in time to 18th century Eastern Europe. Dressing in unison seemed as if they possessed some special power. Human is the only species that can choose our appearance. While many of us try to be unique in our appearance, Hasidim choose to be the same everyday, the same as each other, 365 days a year, year after year.
The expression of their faces, sharpened by their same black dress code, becomes so vivid and powerful. It was a reminder of human faces so unique and different from one another. Painting features and psychological expressions of human faces is something that I truly enjoy. It gives me a satisfaction that I can rarely find anywhere else.