I struggled with what to focus on for this 52 WEEKS project but my daughter has been subtly urging me to paint portraits as I haven't in such a long time and it was through portraiture that I was accepted into art college originally so many years ago. It felt like such a huge challenge but I decided to do it anyway and to treat it just like the previous wildflower and animal series by not putting too much pressure on myself for perfection and to enjoy a more loose and painterly approach.
I decided that I wanted to focus on portraits of women, to share images of women who have impacted me in some way. These women are my heroes. To me they are saints. And because I enjoyed the 7x14 inch canvases on which I painted the Totem Animal series several years ago I decided to use that shape again as it tends to push me a little more creatively.
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