This is the first painting I have done of myself that is a very candid look at who I am with no excuses. “One’s Self” was very liberating to paint as it doesn’t speak of certainties but rather the acceptance of being.
Although the figure looks out at the spectator and is naked, the painting process and choice of image was about a new found strength and acceptance that I was exploring.
Using flowers with the figure, although may not look significant was a big step as it was an embracing of a strength in my femininity and human fragility. I explored tone, colour and line work in order to transport a seemingly frothy subject into something holding more emotional substance.
This was the beginning of an investigation into the emotional weight that flowers carry which I had previously steered away from due to the association of stereotypically romantic and kitsch emotions through the likes of greeting cards.