|Enduring the Cure|
30" x 22," Gouache on gold gessoed paper
This piece to the right is the first one I painted, shortly after returning home. Rachel was just beginning her recovery. This painting is full of my symbolism and an expression of my own feelings of helplessness and vulnerability throughout that time.
Time passed and I decided to try another painting using a brighter approach with more mixed media. Again I painted on watercolor paper coated with gold gesso. I had fun with this painting. I liked creating the animal fur background (a commonly used item by many painters from Klimpt's period) and painting the small portraits of Rachel's children.
I feel compelled to finish with a disclaimer: this is not a portrait. This figure does not "look" like my daughter. None of my work is portraiture, but rather figurative art, "any form of modern art that retains strong references to the real world and particularly to the human figure."