The intention of this work is to focus on the female form in a variety of settings, interactions and body types (endomorph, ectomorph, and mesomorph). I am exploring an underlying provocative theme of the aging female with a focus on color, sometimes pattern, and movement. There is an ongoing investigation of anatomy and technique and how the use of color can be used to enhance or evoke a particular expressive moment in time that suggests figures moving and merging. Through observation, this work explores body image, often with a humorous flair to accent observations or ideas about women. The variety of multiple moving female figures that vary in sizes and shapes and ages are directly related to my friends, relatives, events and personal experiences. This work involves exploring these ideas through the use of color, pattern, movement, and an interaction with the figure in a variety of settings where the figure has no age.
My paintings are exploring the notion of a celebration or ritual event honoring the female form. Since commercial society targets youth and achievement, the aging female still takes a back seat on many levels (films, jobs, the arts, body image, etc.). In past years, middle aged women were focused on raising families, were often sedentary, gray haired and had difficulty in entering the professional world. Today our icons are women who have made tremendous gains in all areas of society with the exception of body image. The debate will continue about the uneven playing field between men and women and the unrealistic commercial images in magazines of beautiful young women. The paintings in this work honor and celebrate a varied array of the female form through color, pattern and movement.
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