My easel was packed away, so I painted this duo with the canvas leaning on…
In the fall of 2012 I painted a series of paper maché skulls inspired by the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos). Our good friend Rose loved the warm tones of the pink skull and snapped it up right away. Later during a visit here in Lethbridge, she mentioned she’d love to see a larger painting of it. I have long loved the vibrant colour, personality and symbolism of sugar skulls (calaveras de azúcar), and after spending some time in Chemuyil (Mexico) in the spring I was inspired.
Although I wasn’t certain she would like it, I thought of Rose as I painted. Not only did I try to pull from the original skull she liked in terms of colour and theme, but I wanted a real personality to shine through. Rose is a beautiful, edgy woman with a huge heart and sharp wit. She is heavily involved in the arts, working as a Managing Director for Quest Theatre as well as freelancing for a long list of theatre groups. A fearless, funny, tremendously interesting woman—she is just fun to be around. So naturally, she’s inspiring.
The great news is she liked the finished painting. She passed along that it made her smile—a true success for me. Thank you Jeremy for your help with delivery and sales—not to mention your swell taste in friends.