CFL: How would you describe what you do: “Life modeling”, “nude art modeling” or something else?
RM: The funny thing is when people ask me, “What do you do” I often reply that I’m a life model. They acknowledge my answer with a confused look on their face and I realize that I have to clarify what being a life model means. So I try to stick with describing myself as an Artists’ Model now.
RM: Whether nude or clothed the poses are often challenging to hold. I try to push myself to get the best results for the artists but I have also learned how to avoid putting myself in poses for durations which my body cannot deal with. If you’re going to work in this field you have to be able to deal with the numbness and even some pain. I often used to get sore muscles after sessions.
RM: I would like to consider myself that way. Sometimes artists really embrace me as a kind of collaborator as well as a model. That’s not to say that I have a direct hand in their work, but rather that we often brainstorm the poses, the props, sometimes the clothes and occasionally even aspects of their process together. I hope that I can help inspire some of the wonderfully talented people that I have had the privilege to work with.