This piece was inspired by the song 'Walk on the Ocean' by Toad The Wet Sprocket. Some of the lyrics go, "Walk on the ocean, step on the stones, flesh becomes water, wood becomes bone" but what I always heard was, "Walk on the ocean, step on the storm, flesh becomes water, war becomes born."
At the time I was also being inspired by pictures from the Venetian Carnival and I have always loved crows and ravens. I think I was also influenced by one of Madonna's music videos, 'Frozen', which I had actually seen while I was deployed in Iraq. It was on the share drive. I watched it over and over again. It's only just now that I notice the influence. So these, along with The Fool, were lurking in my subconcsious mind and came out in this piece.
I wonder if one day we'll have technology that can analyze drawings and paintings and sketches and deduce all of the cultural influences that made their way into the artist's mind.
The Birth of Eve was a painting that went through several stages of labor. Initially I had liked the abstract background that I had created more than the piece I had began to paint over it. It's filled with reds and golds. I made it by drumming the paint onto the canvas with my hands, in dim light from the window and candlelight.
I brought the panel to 3rd Street Arts to paint from a live model for the very first time in my life. I struggled to paint her. I didn't finish in time and had the beginnings of a black and white painting of a woman sitting as I had seen her in real life. To study the anatomical structure of what I had been looking at, I went back in and began adding bones where I thought they would be.
This was before I had begun to keep my oils in a freezer and I had a palette with some paint that had begun oxidizing. I picked up a palette knife and began putting this gummy paint over her body like flesh. During the process I began to feel my emotions, a lot of anger and frustration from years and years of being a woman.
That's how Eve was born.