Like many of her portrait subjects, painter Marie Vlasic has nothing to hide. There's no pretense to her hyper-realistic work: She paints what she sees -- a lot of it skin, much of that skin tatted and otherwise permanently decorated. But her visual observations also peer deeply into what lies beneath each model's in-your-face physical presence, and the result is stunning and unsettling. In recent years, Vlasic has headed to Black Rock City with a camera to photograph denizens of Burning Man that she later reinterprets into paintings. Called the Black Rock Portrait Project, it's Vlasic's kismet concept, perfectly suited to her style.
What inspires Marie Vlasic? Get a closer look by reading her 100CC questionnaire, which follows.