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Contemporary woman artist's self-portrait as a Flapper girl from the 1920s.  Set against dark purple background for a very dramatic effect, the painting's subject is wearing 1920s style blue headscarf, her obviously nude body draped in a light cream shawl decorated with fur. Her intense stare going past the viewer directed at some invisible object.
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(oil on canvas, 24X36, 2009)

"Self-portrait as a Flapper"

I wish I were born during the ...(fill in some historic time period). That's something that I used to say quite often. As a pre-teen I desperately wanted to be born in the 17th century France. That was mostly due to Anne Golon's 'Angelique' novels. At twelve, after reading "La Dame de Monsoreau" and falling madly in love with Comte de Bussy I decided to go back a century and pictured myself living a glorious (or rather gloriously tragic) life amid the reign of Henry III. Jack London swayed me to long for Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. Cooper's The Leatherstocking Series made me believe that I belonged in America in the late 1700s.... I even spend the summer fashioning home-made bows and arrows and pretending that abandoned building were the English forts I had to defend.

...and so it went until I grew up and realized that the romanticized events I read about had very little to do with the real life of the same time periods. At that point I understood that beating laundry against a rock or going to a blacksmith to remove an infected tooth just were not the things I wanted to experience. I felt lucky to be born when I was. However, my desire for an alternative never-to-be life didn't leave me. It transformed itself into a fascination with the Roaring Twenties which I coincidently developed in my early twenties. I have it to this day.

About one third of my work is various depictions of Flappers or is somehow related to the 1920's. So in a way it's surprising that it took me over a decade to paint a self-portrait as a woman from my favorite time period. I hope my next self-portrait as a Flapper won't take me quite so long, because "Self-portrait as an aging Flapper" just doesn't have a very nice ring to it. If anything, 'Aging Flapper' sounds like an oxymoron...

"Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-incurred immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one's own understanding without the guidance of another. This immaturity is self-incurred if its cause is not lack of understanding, but lack of resolution and courage to use it without the guidance of another. The motto of enlightenment is therefore: Sapere aude! Have courage to use your own understanding!"
Immanuel Kant

"In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience."
Oscar Wilde

"Women's intuition is the result of millions of years of not thinking."
Rupert Hughes