Subject Tags: contemporary, decorative art, small oil painting, expression, realism, abstract, art history, modern and traditional, portrait, traditional, pearl necklace, necklace, female beauty, beauty, red accent, ambiguous space, windswept, swept, john singer sargent, fashionable, fashion, painting, textured painting, textures, texture, time, historic, dresses, dress, green, white, water, gold, wind, sweeping, landscape, edwardian, sisters, glamour, ladies, lady, female figure, watercolor, woman
Size: 12"W x 12"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
Great portraits of the past often provide visual inspiration and a starting point for my own artwork. I absorb these influences and synthesize them with my own memories and experiences in order to create psychological self-portraits.
This painting was inspired by the great society portrait painter John Singer Sargent. I was touched by the beauty and the resemblance of the sisters in his portrait. It reminded me of the closeness I feel with my sister. I wanted to paint these Edwardian ladies as if they were eternal and yet vulnerable to time.
I was born in the small town of Brenham, Texas. I drew animals, both real (my menagerie of pets), and fantastic (dragons and such). With this obsession with drawing nature, I studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history at Baylor University. I lived for five months in Florence, Italy. There I took classes in cooking, Italian, and Renaissance art. Upon my return the States, I attended an intensive drawing “marathon” at the New York Studio School. I then moved to Baltimore (I was a Texas girl eager to see the East Coast) attended MICA as a Post-Baccalaureate student. After that, I moved to Houston, TX, to earn my Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston. I worked in DYI art spaces, such as The Skydive, and helped organize community shows. I currently work, teach, and make art in Denver.