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young girl laughing, thick free brush strokes warm colors
oil on linen
30 x 22"

“Exuberance” is based upon a photograph of my daughter, Joanna, then ten years old. She reluctantly modeled holding a day lily. During the photo session, I tickled her and captured her belly laugh. My challenge was to make this static image of a fleeting moment re-energize with paint. Palette knife marks twist and turn with thick paint making the day lily look as if it is flying off the surface. Still, underlying all that exuberantly molded paint, are the knives’ sharp edges. The edges undercut the enthusiasm of “Exuberance”. Unconsciously, grief sneaks in.