It began as I painted the beautiful plumage patterns. The shapes and markings oddly matched the sun spots I have. We women of 40 years old have been taught they are our enemies. And I thought of the money, time and tangle of emotions we western culture ladies spend on battling aging.
Then I went to visit my grandmother in Germany and I saw the pain of arthritis on a daily basis. And it broke my heart.
When in our society did aging lose its beautiful honor & wisdom? Why would we try to hide and fight against that? Perhaps because it frightens us?
So I am trying to live beyond myself. Learning to recognize which things in our lives give and which take.
Vainglory, I believe you are a thief.
19" x 24"
(background hand drawn and painted, ... took FOREVER!)