I love the sensuous quality in O'Keeffe's work, she had a strange beauty and sensuality in her physical self that captivates.
I choose to paint her as an elderly woman because I am approaching my later years and I can relate to being a woman this age and think of how very full her life must have been. Her image here has an expression of the wise woman, I added the rose as a symbol of gratitude for all the fine works she produced and for the blessing of nature. Photo reference by Joe Munroe.
|Birth name||Georgia Totto O'Keeffe|
|Born||November 15, 1887(1887-11-15) |
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin,
|Died||March 6, 1986(1986-03-06) (aged 98) |
Santa Fe, New Mexico,
|Influenced by||Arthur Wesley Dow|
Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) was an American artist. Born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, O'Keeffe first came to the attention of the New York art community in 1916, several decades after women had gained access to art training in America’s colleges and universities, and before any of its women artists were well known or highly celebrated. Within a decade, she had distinguished herself as one of America's most important modern artists, a position she maintained throughout her life. As a result, O’Keeffe not only carved out a significant place for women painters in an area of the American art community that had been exclusive to and is still dominated by men, but also she had become one of America’s most celebrated cultural icons well before her death at age 98 in 1986.