Oiseau, AFCA, If I Loved Us Enough: Tribute to Greta Thunberg
16" x 20", oil on gallery canvas, CAN$1,400.00 Unframed - Available for Sale
Our destruction of the natural environment is, in my view, the greatest responsibility facing all of us right now and in the years to come. I am grateful to the FCA for its focus on this theme; yet, how to paint on this topic without succumbing to the perils of propaganda? My aha moment was realizing I wanted to paint my hero Greta Thunberg. The next challenge was that I would have to synthesize my understanding of her unique features and persona in order to ethically paint her without a photo reference I had taken myself. After viewing hundreds of images of her, I did a photo session with myself as model in order to create a believable pose. So then the final aha in my process was that the painting could contain deeper layering of meaning if I kept myself as the character in the finished painting – because after all it’s not about the courage of this one fine young person, but about all of us.