Oracle 24x30 inch Mixed Media on Canvas

Oracle 24x30 inch Mixed Media on Canvas

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I’m so very proud of this piece. I don’t always paint faces on my people because I want the person engaging with it to see themselves. But this one came to me fully formed and very insistent that she look squarely back at who was looking at her. I call her the Oracle because traditionally, the Oracle was the priestess and clairvoyant who served as an intermediary between the people and their god(s). And I love that for her. She is strong, wise, beautiful and diligent. She knows her purpose and is sure in her authority. This kind of power does not sway her because she has integrity and a higher calling. She is not beholden to any conventions placed on her existence because of her relationship to the Divine. A beautiful representation of being in the world but not of it. I took my time with this one, almost carving her face and hair out of the blue background. I finished the piece with oil pastels, letting her tell me what colors went where and how her crown should be adorned. I appropriated the nimbus commonly seen in religious iconography to denote her spiritual character and the light she carries. The canvas is 24x30x1.5 inches and varnished.