As a passionate female artist, I created this piece in pursuit of embracing the layered and complex essence of being a woman. In the entire collection, there are symbols and affirmations of growth, perseverance, and appreciation for all women. My personal experience as a mother of two, a wife, and an artist influenced me to tackle this piece and serve women and mothers justice in representing their undeniable strength. I feel that society heavily undervalues the responsibility and dedication that we carry on a daily basis. Whether a mother or not, the feminine is the foundation of the home.
I wanted to fully capture the aura of womanhood (& motherhood) within this entire collection. The balance of color remains consistent in pursuit of portraying the balance of countless responsibilities that women carry in life.
Within these 2 smaller paintings, they have large voices. I wanted to embrace the narrative that women are fighters. As fighters, we encounter self-reflection and usually self-doubt imposed by society, in my opinion. But what I wanted this piece to shout was that self-acceptance is so important. The messy and the not-so-messy are beautiful and true to yourself.
'I Can Teach Ya' (36" x 48") which is harmonious to the other paintings in the color palette and abstract shapes. There is a sense of 'sturdiness' in this piece. Almost an equestrian source jumps from the canvas - every woman carries fierce qualities. The power, maternal instincts, and beauty resides in all women. This silhouette happened accidentally, and I grew to love it.
In this piece I wanted to manifest fearlessness and empowerment for all. Consistent with 'I Can Teach Ya' there is a tall ladder leading to the top of the canvas. In this, I wanted to share that there is a constant uphill battle for women in society. Every stroke came organically to me as my passion for women's empowerment is undeniable.
The five abstract paintings listed above were the first 5 of the collection. They are sister paintings and represent the rooted message I wanted to relay: women are warriors and are not given enough credit for the value of our contributions.
Now, we are moving towards the second half of the collection which includes a darker, rich color palette to capture women's depth.
These portraits are a branch of the series and will continue to expand in diversity. Inclusivity is extremely important to me and I wanted to express that on canvas. Each portrait holds true to acceptance, self-love, and embracing our flaws.