November 16, 2013
I started specializing in watercolor portraits of dresses many years ago. There’s a saying that the clothes make the man, but I believe that us women have more of an emotional connection to our clothing. We will always remember the first dress we wore to a “real” party, our favorite pair of jeans, the dress we wore to our first dance, and of course, our wedding gown.
Growing up, I put myself through college, and therefore, did not have an abundance of money. One of my favorite memories from my younger years was going to see the play, HAIR. My boyfriend at the time surprised me and bought us tickets. I still remember the dress I wore that night…it was red-orange in color, short, and made entirely out of lace. I loved that dress and I often wish I still had it.
I don’t believe that I have worn red since that night but I will always have that beautiful memory engrained in my mind. That night is the reason I paint dresses; I create these pieces to commemorate an occasion and to bring back that feeling of nostalgia. My paintings remind of those special songs we all have, in that they define the moment.