oil on wood, 12x12""

Emmental cheese portrait by Mike Geno

I was finally motivated to paint a swiss cheese! The Emmental is from the Emme valley in the Canton of Bern in Switzerland. This portrait was actually commissioned by a family that had once made such a cheese in rural Wisconsin. So, this became a memorial of sorts to "Moscow Center Swiss" as the factory is now closed. I really enjoyed painting this cheese. The subtleties of the shifts in temperature of the cheese color was a challenge but I enjoyed the overall form and the perfect round holes.


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