24 x 20
Viewers bring a lot to images, creating a story that's informed by their own experiences. I often wonder what the collectors of my work see in the children that I've painted. Do they remind them of their children, or their own childhoods? Are they a memory or a wish?
I saw this woman on an overcast day at the beach last a few years ago. She stood in the water while her kids ran in and out, ignored by her. There was something pensive and separate about her (or so it seemed to me) and I'd meant to paint her for a long time. The mystery of her personality seemed suited to a broken, ambiguous surrounding and I worked at keeping her both isolated and intermingled with her environment.
I hope she's thinking happy thoughts.