This is my favorite painting to date, the first of a new series of fantasy compositions in oils with a theme of mystical, red-haired women in water. I prefer to paint subjects that the viewer could imagine are real, in which they might imagine themselves to be the woman in the painting.
The Gypsy Queen painting focuses on the beauty and magic of life, that paradisiacal place we all seek to find. It is heavy with symbolism; red hair symbolizes virility and an adventurous nature. She is the queen of her own destiny, a free spirt and adventuress who lives and loves with great passion. She stands among the lotus blossoms dressed in the silks and jewels of a gypsy dancer while holding the tarot card, "The Fool", in her hand - a symbol of new beginnings and letting go of the past. She embodies the eternal beauty and artistic essence of every woman who dares to pursue her dreams and press beyond any boundaries that might deny her.
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