|Grande Dame oil/canvas 30 x 40 x 1.5|
For more years than I can count, the voice inside me declared that I wanted to paint like a man. Why? Because I loved the certainty, the broad loose brushstrokes and the bravado that seemed to ooze from the work that I admired so very much.... all painted by men. My inspirations came from such painters as: H. Craig Hanna, Alex Kanevsky and Randall Tiedman. I must add that there are many local, regional and national artists whose work I enjoy, but inspiration goes a step further into enticement, excitement and stomach flutters. Time has passed. There are now so many women artists whose work is inspiring to me: Stanka Kordic; Rimi Yang; Jeannie McGuire; Jenny Saville and Carla O'Connor. These female artists are, for me, grandes dames. For the first time ever, for me, I can honestly say that gender-bias has been removed from the equation. I want to paint like a person.
"Grande Dame" was first painted from a reality....everything in its place using local color. Boring, boring, boring. After a year of living with it, I attacked it with my own sense of aesthetics. I am relieved. I am purged. I am totally happy with this work.
Grande Dame has been included in the 36th Annual Art Exhibition sponsored by The Fairmount Center for the Arts.
June 3 - June 14
8400 Fairmount Road Novelty, Ohio