"Lucas's Father" is a painting series that is focused on my husband's interactions with my son. The series was inspired by my day to day observations of my family. Each painting displays my husband and son with myself and my cat cropped partially out of the composition. I chose to cut part of myself out to make a statement that I am not the focal point, but the observer. I chose to crop the cat in each piece because I find it entertaining :) With this series I explore a female's perspective and redefine a man's role in the constructs of family.
After becoming a mother it was not my instinct as an artist to paint myself with my child, even though I have been exposed to many inspiring mother and child paintings. My initial instinct was to paint my husband with my son. After completing a few sketches it made me pause. I have not seen many images of fathers tending to their children. I have not seen many paintings that share my day to day experience. As a woman artist I am conditioned by the man's perspective, but recently I question: how has the exclusion of the female's experience in art affect the social constructs we build today?
The series began in 2019 and is ongoing.