Subject Tags: ghosts, oval frame, sneer, funny face, funny woman, big eyes, grandmother, momories of grandmom, green eyes, purples, pinks, spring flowers, flowers, wildflowers, faces, unique face, women portrait, portrait, self-portrait
Size: 24"W x 36"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2014
Ready to Hang
This is oil on Fabric. A self portrait with an uncomfortable expression. This was part of a series exploring the question of women's role in portraiture. My grandmother's portrait is "hanging" on the wall behind me. She is looking at me out of the corner of her eyes. She is wondering what I am doing with myself. She inspired me to be an artist and to be myself, but it is always a challenge when battling others expectations. I am looking at you out the corner of my eye. I don't trust you or what you think about me. I'm not sure I want to be open with you yet.
Each piece has a story for me; whether it is a story that is the basis for my expression or a story that is realized through my relationship with the creation process of my painting. My work tends to deal with relationships, awkward characters, and spirits, all while focusing on things that are overlooked: the underlying character. I also am interested in exploring expectations of women, both in life and in art, and creating an unexpected or uncomfortable reaction from the viewer. My favorite mediums are oil paints, watercolor, ceramics, and fabric.