The face is how a soul presents to the physical world throughout its lifetime. Although it's been said that the face is just a mask on what's hidden underneath, for me, the face hides some things while revealing others in stark reality. Let's say someone has endured a difficult upbringing yet harbors no bitterness and takes life in stride. A relaxed radiance (often accompanied by hearty laughs) shines through in their smile. Their age and/or physical appearance matters little. The goodness you feel from being around people like that is contagious, and lifts your own spirit.
This is true with my sister-in-law of 45 years in New Mexico. A native of Santa Fe from a large family, she has been a mainstay in ours, while lending heart and hands to the survivors in her own family without hesitation. I'd been wanting to give her something special, just for her, for years-- and finally had the thought to paint her. I asked my brother for his favorite photos, and gleaned my favorites from their Facebook pages. What I ended up with was her smile. Every age, every occasion, her smile. I combined aspects of several photos over a span of years to finally arrive with that timeless smile and boundless heart. That is what I see... I hope you do, too.