I started this painting silent film male clowns. I was holding a painting and heading towards art class. I heard a guy say "paint more females." It annoyed me, but it gave me a challenge. The whole Eye of God series was mostly male subjects in a spiritual journey. Women are the solitary subjects here.
The girls are silly, they are like male women, think Freddy Munster with eyelashes.
The painting Watson and the Shark was my inspiration.. In this painting there are two different contrasting elements, one being the traditional painting style and the other the painting of the whale. The first time I saw it at a museum it was like seeing Jaws come out of a Jacques Louis David painting.
In this painting I wanted that effect. There is always the ideal spiritual life, one with green hills, suns and white clouds. Spirituality and religion is not that pretty. In the background are people being tar and feathered. Mormons were tar and feathered in the past for their beliefs. I also wanted to have the figures be like snakes. They circle the figure like the sculpture Laoccon. I imagine that people tar and feathered look supernatural and eerie.