It is a revolutionary time for women to feel their strength and appreciate their own unique form of beauty; to move forward, guiding the next generation, loving themselves, which essentially benefits all. I desire my current work to be a sentinel that will help facilitate the process.
When starting my process, I create multiple preliminary drawings, called “Essences”, on paper before selecting a composition to paint. The Essences are cut and sometimes burned at the edges before being embellished with gold leaf and mounted on a wooden panel. In some pieces the gold leaf is placed directly on the paper as well. Selected drawn compositions are then painted larger in color. Like the smaller Essences, my paintings include intricate cuts in the canvas that reveal gold leafed embellishing on the wooden panel that it is displayed on.
Selected Essences are later painted large scale.