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 heard two lines in quick succession while watching an old movie, and decided to put the two together to make a theme for my sketchbook. Here are the first five pages; Compassion is for Donna.
I am starting two paintings about good and evil, but they have gravitated to images of what good might look like as it is envisioned in a world where women make the rules. My ideas so far have included women healing one another; animals bringing love into the world; women as active heroines, like Joan of Arc. Basically, I want to populate my paintings with the opposite of what I have been looking at since I was a child: that is, images of men pursuing women, men waging war, naked women running scared, or looking sexy for a male viewer.