Martha and the Vendettas
Martha was painted during my divorce over 20 years ago. The figure is in an angry wound-up pose, arrow in hand, ready to release it if pushed any further. It started as a loose sketch, then painted in traditional oils. The face was changed to a mask because I was having to contain my anger at the time to thwart danger in the situation—hence the arrow behind the back but the mask of accommodation. The name is a play on Martha Graham (the dancer) and Martha and the Vandellas (the singing group). The blue swirls on top of the red dress also are an attempt to pacify my anger with purer thoughts and activities.
Original is a 36″ x 48″ oil on canvas.