This is the root of the mystery of portraiture: the subject sits and the artist interprets. Does the artist allow his or her own thoughts and biases and filters to affect the image? Absolutely! How could it be otherwise? Does the subject reveal all of her innermost thoughts and feelings on her face, in her demeanor, in her micro expressions? Of course! How would she not do so? A portrait can resemble the outward appearance of the model or their inner character. Can it do both?