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(oil painting on canvas, 24X36, 2008)
"The daughter of man"
"The Daughter of Man" is not a self-portrait per se. My original intention was to create a painting that represents a 'generic' Western woman. Unabashedly flawed and uninhibited, I envisioned her as an antipode to Magritte's rigid and faceless 'son of man'. I also had a particular facial expression in mind that I wanted my heroine to have. I pictured it as a cross between Mona Lisa's mysterious smile and a slightly condescending smirk of an all-knowing, heavily opinionated modern woman.
I don't know about other artists, but I'm a 'monkey think, monkey do' type of artist. Meaning that whenever I start thinking about what facial expression to give my subject I subconsciously start grimacing to feel what would the facial muscles do and it helps me to paint what I intend. ...and that's how 'The Daughter of Man' ended up looking like my (thus far potential only) daughter.
"Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see."
"What a strange thing man is; and what a stranger thing woman."
"You don't have to be naked to be sexy."
"Now that women are jockeys, baseball umpires, atomic scientists, and business executives, maybe someday they can master parallel parking." Bill Vaughan