Artwork / Mutually Beneficial / According to Merriam-Webster

portrait of a young man the artist met online
Gwenn Seemel
According to Merriam-Webster
acrylic on canvas patchwork
20 x 20 inches

For the most part, the photo-sessions and interviews for Mutually Beneficial consisted of having coffee with the participants, but with the subject of this portrait our meeting ended up being a bit more. After chatting over a beverage, we took his brand new puppy for a walk, because I love dogs—especially this one.

What follows is the personal ad which the subject of this portrait posted.

I have a job - 30

Reply to: anonPOST-123
Date: 2005-05-23, 10:04PM PDT

I’m an educated, witty (sometimes), attractive, very active and fit, outgoing, smart, employed and very humble man looking for the same. Well... not a man. I’m looking for a WOMAN that is educated, witty, attractive, active and fit, outgoing, smart employed and humble. And I am one who practices social equality (i.e., a Democrat, at least according to Merriam-Webster. I’m looking to date casually. If you are the same, please reply with a picture and I’ll do the same.

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