The Secret, gouache and acrylic, 9 x12", 2012–2013
The Secret began with a magazine photo of these two Japanese school girls. I was drawn to the pure delight in the face of the girl hearing the secret. Her expression reminded me of my childhood, before texting, when whispering secrets was common and something special.
The patterned background came from my admiring a kimono in a book titled Japonisme: The Japanese Influence on Western Art Since 1858 by Siegfried Wichmann.
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