An ongoing series combines 2 of my passions: Art and Animals! I'm delighted to share these humorous paintings, because I think we all need to smile more. Nothing is cuter than animals photobombing: they live in the moment and are unconcerned with documenting their lives on social media. Half the fun was pairing the perfect animal to iconic artwork. Choosing favorite artists to copy allowed me to study their works in depth. I didn't copy them "stroke for stroke" and I used my own color palette, but I followed them close enough that the viewer instantly recognizes the master work.
Homages to Frida Kahlo, Toulouse Lautrec, Jackson Pollock, Gustav Klimt, and Georgia O'Keefe are all 12" x 12," oil on aluminum panel.
Part of my series of bodies in nature, I chose a ballroom dancer for two reasons. First, it's a world I know well, as I was a competitive Latin dancer for over 20 years. Second, the dancer is a nice juxtaposition to the natural cavern background. This piece is a gentle reminder that we are connected to the natural world.
Rhea Groepper Pettit
New works, new ideas.