A bit of history on this painting:
I’ve been playing with this canvas since 2011. Someone found a bunch of large canvases in the basement of my MFA school and gave them out to the studio class I was attending.
I was focused on painting rivers at the time for my MFA project so I covered it with a map of the Bay Area rivers and titled it “Empathy”.
In 2019 during a moment of creative fervor I decided to white out the canvas. I spent the summer of the 2020 quarantine getting the Goddess on there.
The snake emerged a year later right as New Orleans began to open up again. (And became the inspiration for my 2022 Mardi Gras “snake priestess” costume).
I committed to making 100 variations of this talismanic woman as a way to play with color and see what would emerge.
In 2021 I sketched this companion piece I call “Origin Story” to visualize the layers of pagan spiritual cosmology that illustrate my relationship to goddess spirituality as a way to build a harmonious relationship with the soul of nature.
I’m working on a Goddess Meditation for each astrology sign and tarot card as well as “Origin Story” art.
My summer goals also include making space for the project on my website.