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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 constantly exploring ambiguous themes surrounding the female form focusing on color, pattern, and movement. There is an ongoing investigation of anatomy and technique and how the use of color can 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. Much of this work involves exploring the notion that the figure has no specific age, but it is important to experiment with the celebration or ritual of the female form through movement and color.

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. My intention is to show paintings in this work that honor and celebrate a varied array of the female form through color, pattern, and movement.


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