Friday, March 13, 2009

30 x 40 inches Oil on Canvas
I based this painting off an image I found in an article about anorexia and gymnastics.  My immediate frustration was the pairing of sexual, almost humorous, imagery to depict a serious topic.  This painting intends to highlight the forced male gaze that accompanies sports viewing.  The female athletes here are being photographed and packaged like cheerleaders on a side line.  Reducing the shot to strictly a sexual body part further objectifies and dehumanizes the athletes.  

Monday, March 9, 2009

Focus (SOLD)
2 x 3 feet Oil on Canvas
I created this painting to demonstrate mental toughness and determination in a female athlete. I wanted to keep the emphasis on the mind of the athlete, which comes across through her subtle but powerful facial expression.