The Purple Lady, My Painting
The Purple Lady was the first of my paintings since my A-Levels.
The image is not entirely original, but is an interpretation of a number of art deco images that I had been lusting over at the time.
I began painting her at a very difficult time on my life. I shan’t go into too much detail but suffice to say my World as I knew it had come crashing down around me. In hindsight, this was for the best but the experience was none the less devastating.
I would paint in bursts; hidden away, escaping reality.
She took a long time to finish; over a year, but by the time I wrote my name in the bottom right hand corner, I had closed the book on my old life and hesitantly begun to walk towards my future.
The purple Lady is wearing a Wedding Gown to represent commitment and is holding a dove to represent freedom. Purple is the colour of my birthstone; Amethyst. Though it may sound dramatic, I consider this painting to represent, my commitment to my own freedom, to my own life.
This painting has been exhibited in the Harris Art Gallery in Preston. http://www.harrismuseum.org.uk/