Size: 36"W x 58"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2014
Ready to Hang
I have always been drawn to paintings of the Neo-classical genre, because of the use of striking color, dramatic light and elegant clothing. However, the expressionless women swallowed up by silk and satin and posed in static posture created an emotional void, which I move to fill. In my work, these women embrace the elegant and formal nature of painting, yet are seen not as the passive wearer of garments but as the focus of a dramatic interlude that embraces elegance and feminine sensuality. I create a push and pull between traditional realism and contemporary compositions by leading the viewer with body language and hints at a possible narrative, through the brief moment in time, yet allowing the viewer to complete each story.
Courtney earned her BA in Studio Art from the University of California Davis. She received her MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art where she studied anatomy, contemporary painting and the techniques of the classical masters. She has attended the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in Brittany, France, The Art Center in Pasadena, as well as having spent four years at the California Art Institute where she studied with figurative artist, Jeremy Lipking. She now lives and works in Long Beach, California and is a Professor of Fine Art at California State University Long Beach, Long Beach City College and Moorpark College.