Apr 052008

During the Fall (Studio) Art Tour (Mineral Point, WI), a colleague from work offered to model for me. I am interested in doing modern settings of Greek Myths and so cast about for a character she might portray. I’d already decided to cast her as Circe for another painting, but this specific day, an indoor setting was required. I hit upon Medea, the most dire and effective example of female jealousy I can think of, and, as it turned out, Bethany, who was trained as an actress, had actually played Medea on stage. The photo (right) was my first idea of a pose. Bethany has arresting aquamarine eyes and a physiognomy in which one can still see Native American ancestry.

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