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"Loss inspires a gateway between reminiscence and adversity, a bittersweet balance of grief and growth. The fidelity of oil painter Marco Grassi’s hyper-realistic portraiture and therefore, depictions of individuals in their most accurate forms, appealed to me both compositionally and emotionally. Grassi’s ability to replicate an image with captivating precision enthused consideration of the realm of realism. Simultaneously, the loss of my grandfather, a mere 18 months prior had invigorated a passion for old photos, particularly those captured on film."