The Players – Women
  • 2009 Beatrice Potter Webb and Sidney Webb Acrylic ink on canvass2009 Beatrice Potter Webb and Sidney Webb Acrylic ink on canvass2009 Beatrice Potter Webb and Sidney Webb Acrylic ink on canvass
  • 2009 Sheila Watt Cloutier Acrylic ink on canvass2009 Sheila Watt Cloutier Acrylic ink on canvass2009 Sheila Watt Cloutier Acrylic ink on canvass
  • 2009 Ella Josephine Baker Acrylic ink on canvass2009 Ella Josephine Baker Acrylic ink on canvass2009 Ella Josephine Baker Acrylic ink on canvass
  • 2009 Ma Gertrude Prigett Rainey small Acrylic ink on canvass2009 Ma Gertrude Prigett Rainey small Acrylic ink on canvass2009 Ma Gertrude Prigett Rainey small Acrylic ink on canvass
  • 2009 Maria Corazon Sumulong Cojuanglo Aquino Acrylic ink on canvass2009 Maria Corazon Sumulong Cojuanglo Aquino Acrylic ink on canvass2009 Maria Corazon Sumulong Cojuanglo Aquino Acrylic ink on canvass
  • Dickey Chapelle Acrylic ink on canvassDickey Chapelle Acrylic ink on canvassDickey Chapelle Acrylic ink on canvass
  • 2008 Marie Curie Acrylic ink on canvass2008 Marie Curie Acrylic ink on canvass2008 Marie Curie Acrylic ink on canvass
  • 2008 Irena Sendler Acrylic ink on canvass2008 Irena Sendler Acrylic ink on canvass2008 Irena Sendler Acrylic ink on canvass
 

“Women” is the third installment of “The Players” series focusing on the Library of Congress collection of short biographies “Women Who Dare v.2”*.  I set out to create a broader dialogue within each poster painting using images not only of portrait nature but also images that reference the life and actions of the people who are being portrayed. This is the first body of work to tour Eastern Canada. This occurred during a month long art project  “We Made a Deal with the Devil” art and music tour.

* Irena Sendler and Sheila Watt-Cloutier are the exception.

Artist thoughts

Having been painting “The Players” series since 2005 I realized that I could be saying a lot more within each of the paintings. Each person portrayed led a life rich in experience and knowledge that I hoped to encapsulate so that others may be inspired to find out more about them. This also added a whole new exciting dimension to the work. I had a universe of possibilities.

Some of my favorite things to paint were a dress that Ma Gertrude is wearing in the lower portion of the painting where the glitter I painted in references photos of the Milky Way.  The subtle swastikas which engulf Irena Sandler were an optical challenge because I did not want them to be a prominent aspect of the painting yet I wanted to convey context of her actions written boldly at the top of the painting. The math formulas I incorporated within the painting of Marie Curie posed a challenge which I feel was best resolved within the lower portion of the painting where the thought bubble which she shares with her husband looks like a hart. The red sun which references the Japanese flag and the start of Dickey Chapelle reporting career is a strong graphic which I enjoyed painting. The crowed behind Maria Corazon turned out really well where the subtle use of grays adds a sense of depth and popular support having a crowd of people behind her. There are multiple things that I like about the painting of Sheila Watt Cloutier but combining a geographical reference with that of the Inuit symbol is one of my favorites. The landscape with in the painting of Beatrice Potter Webb draws upon my optical mixing technique where the smoke and buildings are layers of subtle grays building up the darks and depth of the image.

I am very proud of this work and see many future possibilities for new paintings where more of the story of the life of the person will be interwoven within the canvass.