Laurel - a mixed media painting by Theresa Wells Stifel


"Laurel" is part of my "Sea Change" series.

Individuals can only make decisions for themselves but when they gather together to affect change - profound things can happen. A sea change can occur. The titles of my collection of resolute women are examples of the traits needed to affect change. Buried within the contemporary mixed media portraits are scraps of ephemera that harken back to a time when women didn't have a voice in public. It's important to absorb the past to illuminate the future.
I generally start out with a color story and begin with painting an abstract painting as the first layer. Then vintage and antique ephemera is collaged on and within the paint.
Only then do I begin my figure work. Some women are inspired by people I know, most come out of my imagination inspired by someone’s turn of the head or defiant gaze as I pass them on the street.

Mixed media with acrylic, pencil, marker & paper.
Width 12 inches
Length 36 inches
Depth 1.5 inches
Gallery wrapped canvas so no additional framing is needed but may be added at your discretion.
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