"Witch Dorothy, The Journey From Maiden to Crone" is a self portrait series that began when a pair of ruby slippers arrived from wizardofozcostumes.com. From the first photo I shot, I was intrigued by my strong feelings of nostalgia and wonder. Black and white striped stockings always remind me of the Wicked Witch of the East from the 1939 classic film "The Wizard of Oz". One never sees this Witch's face, only her stockinged feet curling back under Dorothy's house after it fell on her! The Ruby Slippers are the talisman that saves Dorothy.
As an artist, I desire to evoke the qualities of the Goddess in my work. I am influenced by "Goddesses In Every Woman" written by Jean Shinoda Bolen. Her insightful book explores the aging process through stories of the Goddesses. At 56, closer to Crone than Maiden, I envision the "Witch Dorothy" series as a self portrait that defies age. The journey is both physical and metaphorical; the iconic imagery draws the viewer in. My hope is that at every step along the path, I will gain the wisdom that comes with experience and continue to know the girl in me.
"Witch Dorothy" is an ongoing project. The journey began March, 2014. Images available as Fuji Chrome Prints through the artist.
Locations so far:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Fort Worth, Texas
Tucumcari, New Mexico
Taos, New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Will Rogers State Beach, Pacific Palisades, CA
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10,000 Photos in 2014
In January 2014, I got a cell phone with a standard cell phone camera capable of taking HDR photos. I took more photos in 2014 than in many years with my digital camera. Driving across the country and living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana inspired me to rely on my phone to document a wide range of visual inspirations. My motto is "Stop a moment to take a photo.". My trip to the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico in September was hugely inspiring. Even the daily routine of walking with my dog in Los Angeles, has given me reason to pause and compose a shot. Here is a random sample of photos from the past year, one from each month. I am looking forward to refining several photographic series and continuing to flow with the inspiration. Happy New Year 2015!
I create narrative paintings that are inspired by dreams, visions, symbology and pop culture.