paintings are an attempt to shed the stereotypes that society - and often women -
put upon women. I do not consider myself a feminist by the old definition,
as I want to express contradictions, vagueness and the improprieties of
sexuality and gender depiction.
"Traditionally, the gals of my and my mother's generation were taught to find self-worth by the degree they are loved by their mate…even if only to see themselves as a love object. For some women, sexual love is the easiest means of exchange. Yet, seldom is it clear to those rushing early into, or relying only upon, sexual interaction that they are somewhat of a commodity.
"I find it entertaining and appealing to paint women as sexual beings, yet strong and in control…images that feminists shunned not too long ago. For me, the feminist ideal has grown up and moved on to the next level of the game. My imagery is a cozy, yet defiant head-on strike upon women feeling loss of individual strength (or a step back with their progress of the feminist ideal) by presenting the ladies as strong sexual beings.
"Being objectified as a sexual being can be a strong, and even positive, thing for either of the sexes...so why let the men have all the fun?
"This imagery does not prove me to be some next generation feminist or a post-feminist painter…I prefer to label myself a truth painter.
"So, was romantic love always in existence or did women invent such love? Did early man possibly invent the romantic ideal as a way to lure and keep women 'enslaved' until needed?
"For me, it seems women potentially have a deeper capacity through which to move through people and love…freely and not possessively. Maybe motherhood does this? Such freedom from possession can only be discovered if we let loose our grip on stereotyping and baggage carried since puberty.
"Just as women are criticized for being too possessive after becoming intimate with a new lover, I find certain men love women in a quite possessive and somewhat 'owning' way.
"I hope to find the knowledge of how women can break free from being the weaker of the sexes. It seems plausible that if we embrace our sexuality, then we embrace our greatest strength.
"Women who have understood this concept have found a balance that many of us have yet to find. For example, choose any French woman you see walking down a street in Paris... she seems to know how to be sexy (shorter skirts, always high heels and well-coiffed) and still hold the reigns in the household. Men are struck by the confidence and femininity…they want to connect with this creature. Nothing is as fulfilling as this incomprehensible ability to identify with the other sex and become them on certain levels. We want to enter the other's being, not only physically, but also mentally.
"Sure, men and women are 'different animals' when it comes to romantic love, but how can we find the inter-dependability we seek with men? How will true equality between us finally be discovered and accepted?
"I try to paint the scenarios that challenge the stereotypes, or 'mess with history' on some level. There is great enjoyment and dialogue when taking issue with the connection of body and heart, mind and the daily propaganda of the media.
"Sometimes with humor, sometimes blatant in imagery, I hope my paintings spark some line of conversation or debate."