Using a mix of my imagination, life drawings and photographic references, I often borrow elements from history and folklore to explore what it means to be a woman in the 21st Century. The women I paint are at ease with themselves and not generally paying attention to the viewer. I want my women to be challenging to look at, confrontational even, which is why I often paint them face on and close up, producing a feeling of intensity.  Their postures and often direct gaze are important expressions of their sense of self.  I make a feature of their eyes to draw in the viewer. These figures are powerful yet feminine.

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