My new series of paintings is titled “Women Walking.” These paintings are a celebration of the strong spirit of women in all walks of life, whether raising children or grandchildren, attending school, or working in high powered leadership positions.
The paintings are semi-abstract and depict women walking as a symbol of female empowerment. Brisk walking is a form of creative meditation. It removes dark thoughts, refreshes the mind, and makes room for new creative ideas. Walking itself has been thought of as a time-honored path to spirituality. It has also been used as a vehicle to make statements and express ideas. Mildred Lisette Norman, known as Peace Pilgrim walked for 28 years and covered 25,000 miles to express her desire for mankind to learn the way of peace.
While working on the paintings I am concerned with combining an overall abstract composition with the gesture of the walking figures. I accomplish this by building up layers of paint combined with various textural mediums. As I emphasize the act of walking with line and shapes, the figures become increasingly abstract until in the final layer, they are only symbols of the feminine spirit.