The historical images of the Leda myth, whether pruriently imagined or disguised as “divine” sensual rapture are from a male perspective. My goal when painting this Leda is to make Leda’s eye the focus of the painting. The viewer cannot escape her gaze, the window to her soul. She is overpowered, but not subdued. The Swan-Zeus is not a loving “divine spirit” but rather, a territorial, aggressive being.