Subject Tags: pretty girl face, impressionist, red lips, roaring twenties, 1920s, blues, black, original oil landscape, beautiful woman painting, moody, flapper girl, figurative art, contemporary realism, woman portrait
Size: 8"W x 10"H x 0.8"D
Year Created: 2017
This is a portrait of a moody flapper, one of those that took on a life of her own as I painted her. There's a feeling of mystery about this girl and she called for an inky blue background from which her pallor faintly emerges. She's a girl of dimly lit speakeasies, cool and self contained. I emphasized this muted tonality with soft, impressionistic brushwork and I'm pleased with the subtle hues I achieved. Her eyes are shadowy but you can detect a glint of emerald in their depths. I named this one "Mood Indigo" after one of my favorite Duke Ellington tunes.
I paint in oils on canvas or panel by hand, using traditional methods. There is something I love about picking up a brush, placing paint where I feel it should go and creating a piece of art out of nothing just as painters have done for hundreds of years. It's like magic, alchemy...there is no feeling that quite compares for me. I gravitate towards painting people and faces. I shift between inspirations from the past and current times and I see connections that I hope the viewer will also see. In a world that can move quickly I want to capture the brief, precious moments and emotions in life, to stop and honor them.
I have been drawing and making art in some form since I was four years old. I was born in Washington DC but, as the daughter of an American diplomat, spent much of my childhood in Japan, Korea, and Hawaii. I studied art at Parsons School of Design and afterwards traveled to Europe to learn from the masterpieces in the great museums of London, Paris, Rome and Florence. I studied oil painting at a private atelier in Lisbon and had my first solo exhibit there. My work is in numerous collections throughout the United States and Europe. I currently reside in Arlington Virginia, just across the river from Washington DC.