Oil on Linen
Unframed size 26 x 44 in.
Framed size 25 1/2 x 44 1/2 in.
Artist’s Comments (Artist’s Comments are intended solely for those viewers who would appreciate more information on the motivations and processes involved in each painting. They are not intended to direct how anyone might respond to or interpret my work.)
The Europe Series paintings are based on a trip to Europe with our granddaughter. The interiors shown were apartments where we stayed, and the girls in the fancy dresses were her friends, some of whom joined us for part of the trip.
Each painting has undertones of a narrative that goes beyond the surface image. With each figure in the paintings I have tried to suggest questions:
--why is she standing in this way
--what is she looking at
--what is she thinking
--what is her relationship with the world outside herself?
I have tried to show a sense of apprehension and excitement as she prepares to go out into the world as an adult. Through manipulation of spatial clues I attempted to show how perceptions can change, and life can take sudden and unexpected turns.
Winner of Finalist Award, Brushstroke Magazine.