Inauguration Inspiration, 2021
As the 2021 Biden/Harris inauguration was taking place this composition came together quickly and represented both hope (bright feathers) amid chaos (confusingly draped cloth).
Before the inauguration, I was wandering in a "rustic furniture" store in Santa Fe when some peacock feathers caught my eye. I was suddenly flooded with memories of my maternal grandmother 's large brick fireplace which had peacock feathers in a stand on the hearth. They were good memories so I purchased the feathers.
Once back in the studio I struggled to find a composition that worked. I didn't have the right vase, everything I tried looked wrong. I bought some cheap glass vases only to return them a day later. Desperate, I went to a local antique store to look around. There, in a dark corner of the basement, I found a tiny Japanese vase. Instantly I knew it would work. I rushed back to the studio and put the feathers in the vase and voila!
The fabric folds were the most challenging part of this painting but in the end they became my favorite.
"Inauguration Inspiration" was selected for the juried PSNM 29th National Show during the summer of 2021 at the Millicent Rogers Museum, 504 Millicent Rogers Road, Taos, NM.
"Inauguration Inspiration, 2021"
Soft Pastel on Sennelier pastel board
Framed, 14.25" x 17.25"
$2,000 + taxes and s/h
For sale at The Corner Art Gallery, on the Plaza in Las Vegas, NM
Selected for the juried 29th Annual National Pastel Painting Exhibition.