Ann Strassman is best known for her iconic portraits of famous faces. Strong brushwork, earthy colors and sensuous textures breathe new life into images that are part of our collective memory. Her version of familiar faces seem to take us both inside their well known façades and beyond. The artist’s skills are equally apparent in her not-so-famous faces, birds of prey and trees. Those figures, as she renders them, rise to the level of icons that are arresting without any assistance from celebrity status. Regardless of the subject, there is a recognizable palpable fleshiness to her painting reminiscent of painters like Freud, Pearlstein and Fischl.