In the fall of 2015, I decided to sit in on Mark Karnes' landscape and interior painting class at MICA where I also teach. I did it so that I would go outside to paint landscapes, but the biggest surprise for me was the love and interest I developed for painting interior spaces. I began to look not only at the figure in front of me but at the entire environment in a new way. This experience changed the direction of my work. I began to combine still life objects, something I'd always painted, with the portrait and figure, my favorite subjects. This was my entree into narrative painting.
"Nude on My Grandmother's Chair" was the first one in this series. I can't quite remember the order of the others and many were done simultaneously since the models came on different days of the week. "Alexandra Playing her Cello" and "Spinning Wool" are part of a series I hope to continue on women engaging in their talents.
I would like to note that I always work from life, never from photographs. For me, the excitement of the artistic process is intrinsically connected to the experience of the world around me.