Soft Pastel on Sennelier pastel board
Framed, 15" x 17"
$3,000 + taxes and s/h
Original painting available at
on the Plaza in Las Vegas, NM
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"Menopause" was selected for the juried 24th Annual MasterWorks of New Mexico Art Show in 2022.
It was also selected for the invitational Dona Ana Arts Council's "Unfinished Business: Women's Power of Persistence A Group Show" in Las Cruses, NM in 2023.
And it was selected for the juried 2023 New Mexico Painter's Exhibition at New Mexico Highlands University's Kennedy Gallery.
In 2020 along with a global pandemic and moving to a new city, I was also entering menopause. Every woman's experience is unique but there are some universal feelings and that's what I was trying to capture here.
Menopause is a female experience so I chose some very feminine lace as the background. The foreground, however, is full of prickly things including cacti and barbed wire. The overall composition is a little overwhelming and confusing which is also part of the change of life. And the horseshoe, well it represents hope that the experience won't last forever!
Of all the elements the lace was the most challenging and rewarding to finally capture. But somehow I am drawn to the tall cactus on the left the most.
And it was selected for the invitational group show "Unfinished Business: Women's Power of Persistence" in Las Cruses, NM the month of March, 2032.