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Venus Rising


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This sculpture evolved through several stages. The original idea was to have a young girl in repose with the bed sheet in disarray. I did various “upper torso” casts with this lovely young lady, but when it came time to cast her legs, modesty set in and she couldn’t do it.

I decided to add the frame to create a literal 3-dimensional portrait. My first attempt to paint it was as a white marble finish, but it just seemed to get lost.  Since the figure is rising up off of the canvas, I decided to paint her as a “flesh and blood” piece and then cover the other half of her as a modern painting, ala Jackson Pollack.

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