I have been painting portraits and faces under the artist name Acoria since 2012. I also often perform live art in music venues or at weddings. My focus on portraiture, faces and emotions, and the link to psychology, are all intertwined. I am intrigued by what makes a face recognisable, what features create emotions, how a little tweak here or there can change the emotion portrayed on a person’s face. In addition, the fact that humans perceive faces as a whole, rather processing each part; the nose, the eyes, the mouth. We process all features together - yet making a small change in the shape of the eyes can make a face unrecognisable, or weird.