All my paintings surprise me on some level; this one came slowly and with a lot of inner agitation until she was completed. The Water Bearer is the third painting in a group of paintings that have depicted women and their unique inner life force. For me, the painting seems to be about the origin of power and Mystery and its gift to all of us.
Long before I began to paint it, I began seeing these women in my mind’s eye crossing the fields carrying their jars of oils and herbs, over and over through generations of time, bringing their gifts of healing and anointing for the sake of others.
In mid May I traveled to Ireland, Sligo County, town of Raghly, on the Northern West Coast of Ireland, with dear friend and fellow painter, Freya Grand. 8 days of sitting atop blustery bluffs painting and drawing the granite cliffs, the wild sea, the silent harbor and the mysterious mountain of Benbulbin / Benwiskin. Here are my take-aways so far from this trip. New paintings are still forthcoming.
8 new oil paintings form the series: On Any Given Day... Girls of Baltimore to show together in December: featuring myself, Patti Tronolone, Joyce Scott, Oletha Devane, Linda De Palma, and Ellen Burchenal. Leslie King-Hammond, curates for Art Basel at the Betsy Hotel in Miami, Florida. Opening date December 6th. Show dates to be announced shortly. To be included: