Protest art in this current political era is a necessary vehicle for social expressions of emotions. As an artist, I can't sit this one out. I can be pacing in circles, ranting and raving on Facebook or I can get involved, pick up a brush and deal with my rage. It's a painful endeavor. Painting has always been my happy place. I would describe my work as whimsical narratives. Although this journey involves reworking older, unfinished paintings apparently waiting for their mission in society combined with new ones that deal with our current upside down world.
Women are inherently optimistic. And my mind keeps bolting back to that happy place when I want to go deeper with a piece. So the whimsy is still in my work but it’s mixed with messages mirroring society’s fears of what has, is and could happen.
Earlier in my career, I painted hundreds of roosters focusing on shapes and colors
that evolved into whimsical story telling. The rooster flew the coup, not having
a place in my work until recently when he suddenly exploded into life, a caricature of greed, irresponsibility and narcissism.The serendipity of this being the “Year Of The Rooster” convinced me to incorporate this sinister character into my narratives.
Woman is represented for many reasons as well . She counter balances the darker
energy with love and resistance, fights fear with courage to go forward into an uncertain future.
mixed media, acrylic painting
Located 3 houses west of Foothills Elementary