This commission of champion Ballroom dancers Denis and Jolie Generalov was a great experience; one filled with challenges and growth! They had a frame already, so that dictated the size. It's big (26" x 34"), and the reference photo of the pose was very small (1.5" tall), but they were so helpful, providing extra profile pictures for reference. They gave me artistic freedom to do my slightly abstract style, and pick my color palette.
I was a little intimidated by the project, so I worked on it off and on for 2 months, completing a bunch of small paintings as I figured the big one out. This year I pledged to go bigger, and this was a great push in that direction!
Side note: I have been a Ballroom (Latin) dancer for 20+ years. Denis has been my coach and Pro/Am partner for 7 or 8 years. I am good friends with him and his beautiful wife Jolie, and am very honored that they trusted me to paint them dancing! They retired from competitive dancing before I met them; I would have loved to see them dance together!
Rhea Groepper Pettit
New works, new ideas.