8" x 8" Oil, 23 karat gold leaf on gallery-wrapped canvas, unframed. 2019
I created this painting using a brush to paint in the moody purple sky and clouds above, and used a palette knife to whip the creamy white paint onto this powerful wave's head. As the painting dried to a sticky consistency, I applied and pressed a sheet of 23 karat gold leaf to the surface. I created an all-over and sporadic sparkle with the gold leaf to delight you, and treat you to an encounter of the sacred. I have imbued this striking wave with something of value, and a bit of shimmer to catch the light.
The way I approached this painting was to get back to a childlike state, where painting was solely about experimentation, expressing emotion, and encountering quiet solitude where one could just be herself.
This painting is a nod to the first real abstract expressionist painting I created when I was seven years old. I employed a similar sky and ocean in this piece in order to reach back into my past and grab some of that innocent magic and sprinkle it on my heart as I painted as a grown ass woman in the present day.
This bold wave stands exuberantly, cresting high overhead. Its tenacious stance opens as the jaws of nature, uncontained and unrestrained. This wave is unburdened and confident, knowing that it is fully actualized and present. The wave's short lifetime is but for a moment, but the wave's knowledge of itself has travelled a thousand miles to come to this shore-where it lives it's last breath as a towering, beautiful, monstrosity.