Homage to Frida (in progress)

Homage to Frida (in progress)

This charcoal drawing of Frida Kahlo began in 2012. I was immersed in a workshop with Rosy Aronson called “Designed to Blossom” where I began to think about my heroines. I connected deeply to several women who I admired for their strengths and resilience whether they were artists or not. Frida was the easiest to imagine as an image because her own work is so rich with the symbology of her life and story. I honor Frida because she led me to magic realism and storytelling in my own work. There was a powerful moment when I was working on the flowers just above Frida’s head. I brought in the plant that was blooming these incredible flowers to draw from. When I returned to the studio the next morning the flowers where dripping nectar. It looked for all the world like they were crying, crying for Frida. I drew out plans to continue the initial charcoal drawing back in 2012 that included adding a skirt and passion flowers but it wasn’t until just the last several months in 2018 that I got back to finishing Frida.

Homage to Frida (detail)

Homage to Frida (detail)