I have been working on this image of an English suffragette, a female factory inspector, and a woman who is part of a model dining room class. I am not sure if the painting is about class, race, power, or love between women, or all of these things at once.
From an 1897 photograph of a criminal named Isma Martin from the Library of Congress site, another image of a lone animal, two photographs of my father as a child, and various images of starving, sick children, I cobbled together, and completed a family portrait.
I believe I am almost finished with the “Wrestlers” painting but want to add some more careful linear elements to define the figures. The painting I am working on now is “Family Portrait” which combines images of my father as a child with images taken from Library of Congress photographs of other sentient beings worthy of compassion. I am beginning to blend both of my styles, the more realistic with the expressive, in one work. So far, I am happy with the results.
What I like about this image is it gets me outside of myself. I have had to figure out how to compose the painting to get a message across without hitting you over the head. I have been thinking more, and learning to be patient. The hours spent looking at anatomy books, late Goya paintings, and photographs from the Library of Congress are beginning to pay dividends.