In the summer of 2019 I found an old photograph of a young woman and I was intrigued by her pose and the confident, calm look on her face. One hand was hiding behind her and the other hand was clenched in a fist. I wanted to make a rather large painting of her, but as usual I never quite know what will happen when I start painting. I probably had some #MeToo thoughts and I placed a big kitchen knife in her hidden hand and made a contrasting background. While I was painting her, she was calmly facing me and it was quite a challenge to ”find” her and paint that confident face. At times my heart was beating faster and maybe I was a bit nervous about her calm gaze patiently waiting, while she was ready to strike. I had to leave her at times and after several small adjustments I was happy and felt like I could respectfully leaver her alone. I gave her the name Nora and I hope she will be treated well.
I have recently been included in an exclusive group of artists who are working with Artwork International of Santa Fe, New Mexico. They are working hard to promote my name and my art and all I can do is to increase my time in the studio and work on new pieces. Here is a pretty ambitious painting that I have been working on for some time. It will have to rest some time, I need distance in order to see with clear eyes. Oil on plywood, 80 x 60 cm / 31.5″ x 23.5″. What is the story? Who knows…?