We all have our influences. I certainly have mine. When I saw the little illuminated manuscript painting reproduction in one of my art history books I just fell in love. Eventually I began my own version of it. (It is still in process.) I wanted to create a painting that could carry some of the story of what my life has become or is becoming. There is this potential with making images that you may be able to project something that will help your life to unfold. I have always liked the self portraits of Frida Kahlo and Paula Medersohn-Becker
The frame on this painting was given to me by a friend who is an antique dealer. It is an example of Eastlake furniture which came into vogue towards the end of the Victorian age. I like the aged quality of the frame as well as the cut and carved motifs that create a sort of vibration around the picture. Besides the city I live in, Grand Rapids, which was the first city in the Unitited States to mass produce furniture. Eastlake was a style that grew out of what could be done with men working with the new machines that were available at the time.