I titled my most recent series FENOMENAL after Maya Angelou’s poem, “Phenomenal Woman.” But why the “F”?
Full credit to that play-on-spelling goes to one of my enchanting collectors, Diane Namm – a talented film director and writer, whose work you can check out here. Diane and her husband wandered into my studio one Saturday afternoon last year when they were visiting a show at Keystone Gallery. My studio door was open, and we ended up chatting about the work. When Diane heard my inspiration behind the work, she suggested that the “F” would give the feminist themes more punch and tie it all back together.
I love it!
The rest, as they say, is history. Here’s a photo of me and Diane and her husband having a good laugh at the (very crowded) opening of my solo show at LAUNCH LA back in February:
So many thanks to Diane for offering her storytelling talents to enhance the stories that I am sharing through paint.
NB: fenomenal is the correct spelling of phenomenal in Spanish, the language I studied in college, but that’s simply coincidental.
You can view FENOMENAL here. The series about femininity as a force of nature – fearless, unfettered and unapologetic. Many of the paintings’ titles come from lines in the poem.