Reference photo is my friend Lorna. She is originally from Costa Rica and we met during both of our first years in the U.S., at an ESL class. Unfortunately, the painting doesn't look like her, even after numerous reworkings (if you look close, you can see areas of diluted gesso here and there). I guess I'll have to paint another one some time and aim for more resemblance!
Speaking of years in the U.S., yesterday was my 7-year move-i-versary (thanks Genevieve for another made-up word I can add to my vocabulary ;)) It feels so strange.