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These Nude Portraits Are So Realistic And Meaningful

"I paint the body, but what I have always tried to do is capture that essence of an individual that is not definable nor describable."

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Chapin initially got inspiration for the project from her cousin, Qwill, who had come out as gender neutral. This portrait shows Qwill nude shortly after breast removal surgery.

In this portrait titled "Paula," the idea of gender specificity is addressed. According to a press release, the subject of the painting (born Paul Angelo) described his chosen name, Paula, as reflecting a unity and balance between a feminine and masculine sensibility.

"I paint the body, but what I have always tried to do is capture that essence of an individual that is not definable nor describable," Chapin said of her work.

For more of Chapin's work check out her website here.

BuzzFeed has reached out to Chapin for further comment.

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