I have a vision for cultivating female empowerment on an individual level, celebrating the unique beauty in each of the models I work with on photo shoots. I passionately believe that we can all take control of our self-image, and ultimately, our lives – but we have to take that first, difficult, step.
Self-image is such a complicated, personal, and fragile construct that is often under direct assault by those closest to us. You can’t change how others behave, but you can take the power to tear you down away from them.
I truly believe each of us is uniquely beautiful, regardless of popular opinion or celebrity trends. It is my hope that this project will help the women I work with see something new in themselves and help them celebrate themselves every single day.
This is going to be an open-ended series with no deadline or set quantity of paintings. In fact, it has already become very multi-faceted during the concept stage. I have ideas for very general subjects, very specific cultural and historic icons of femininity, mythical figures, and conflicting character threads that will require the development of two characters simultaneously.
I am a story teller. I often overwork my art because I feel compelled to realize a very specific concept exactly the way I imagined it in my mind. I take a lot of notes and have an obscene number of journals. Writing long-hand, in cursive, then ruminating on my ideas are all part of my process. I often do my best concept development at my cafe table in the garden outside my chicken yard.
After working on this project in fits and starts over the last few years, I finally feel like I have a solid concept and the seeds of a large body of work developing in my sketch books. Thank you for joining me on this journey and feel free to leave feedback.
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