Piece description from the artist
Great portraits of the past often provide visual inspiration and a starting point for my own artwork. I absorb these influences and synthesize them with my own memories and experiences in order to create psychological self-portraits.
This painting was inspired by the great society portrait painter John Singer Sargent. I was touched by the beauty and the resemblance of the sisters in his portrait. It reminded me of the closeness I feel with my sister. I wanted to paint these Edwardian ladies as if they were eternal and yet vulnerable to time.
I was born in the small town of Brenham, Texas. I drew constantly all through childhood. Animals were my first models, both real (my menagerie of pets) and fantastic (dragons and such). Despite this obsession with drawing, I did not pursue art as a career until college. During my undergraduate education, I studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history. I absorbed these subjects like a sponge, culminating in a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a painting concentration from Baylor University. I traveled abroad, and lived for five months in Florence, Italy. There I took classes in cooking, Italian, and Renaissance art. Upon my return the States, I dove into art again. I attended an intensive drawing “marathon” at the New York Studio School. I then moved to Baltimore. I was a Texas girl eager to see the East Coast and to attend MICA as a Post-Baccalaureate student. After that, I moved to Houston, TX, to earn my Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston. I currently live in Denver.
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