I couldn't paint a year long series of women without including Frida Kahlo, especially since I visited the Georgia O'Keeffe and Emily Carr of the Carr, O'Keeffe, Kahlo: Places of their Own exhibit many years ago in Vancouver (the book of the exhibit is also available and very interesting). Actually when I first learned of her work I wasn't particularly enamoured, until I visited this exhibit. The fact that she overcame constant physical pain due to an accident as a young woman in order to continue her work amazed me. Her father built her an easel which hung over her bed so that she could paint while bedridden and I do believe her art saved her. She was strong and beautiful and did not allow anything to stop her from doing or being anything. Now that I have had a small taste of life with chronic pain her tenacity amazes me even more.
AIRdirondack Art Project