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Expressionistic collage portrait of an imaginary Parisian woman from the 1920s.
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(collage painting on canvas, 40X40, 2012)

"La Parisienne"

Paris.  Montmartre.  Rowdy cafes.  Noise.  Thin women in Chanel suits.  Absinthe.  Pointless philosophical conversations.   Inebriated poets, artists, writers….  I have dreamy recollections of imagining as a little girl what Paris was like.  I pictured myself inhaling the city with all my senses.  I saw Montmartre at night through Pissarro's eyes, I cried with Hugo, held my breath getting lost in Dumas, laughed with Molière, and eventually fell in love with a city far away.  I wished I could go back in time.  I longed for reckless chivalry, snobbish art aficionados, and impoverished geniuses…

As I'm writing this I'm yet to visit the city of my childhood dreams.   I had my opportunity to go to Paris and I chickened out at the last moment.  I'm afraid it won't be the way I'm so used to picturing it.  I know I'll eventually go.  I'm just not quite ready yet.  Most people dream of visiting Paris for fashion and romance.  I think I should wait to go there until I feel like they do. I hate being disappointed.

"In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language."
Mark Twain

"Paris is the only city in the world where starving to death is still considered an art."
Carlos Ruiz Zafón

"Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman."
John Berger

"In Paris, everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator."
Jean Cocteau