This is a whimsical departure piece from my more serious work. Once in a while, I will start a painting just for the love of the feel of moving paint around---with no preconceived idea of where it's going--and, this time, this is what resulted. That isn't to say that it is faster to the finish or has less work in it than another. It just starts from a different concept. It was still several months in the making.
I believe the images within the painting were influenced by several things: observing and studying the hand of some Indian women who had their hands intricately painted with henna for a holiday; the realization that my identity is most closely linked to the work of my hands. And, my deep concern and frustration about peace issues. The last decade has been extremely difficult for me trying to live within an increasing culture focused on war. Peace symbols have long been one of my favorite design elements and have popped up more often recently in many of my creative efforts.
The sides are finished in a gallery wrap style.
oil paint on stretched canvas