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Stately woman posed with two girls and a mysterious mountainous background
Mountain Mama
oil on linen
100 x 38.5"

"Mountain Mamma" or Pachamama describes the oversized importance of mamma. She is the mountain source of comfort and or, pain. The mother’s face is radiant, and the children, although not embraced by her arms are within the embracing folds of her transparent skirt, much like The Christian Madonna.

I imagine the children as two sides of their temperaments; one is shy, worried and clinging while the other is more robust perhaps even angry. The girl on the right is based upon a photo of myself from a Easter Sunday pose. My mother’s photo was a candid shot that showed only the top of her face. Nevertheless she seemed to strike a pose with ease.