St. Louis Woman

This painting was inspired by reading about Bessie Smith, a violent, hard living woman of her era. Despite her lifestyle, she was a gifted blues singer and had a great body of works to her credit. This painting depicts her at a quiet moment with the ever famous feather fan of the day. I enjoyed the composition and challenge of direction. This was a fun exercise in color application and the effect of feathers. In the background right are a few of the words to some of her songs; Bessie was a friend of mine…; Nobody knows you when you’re down and out;  Gimme a pig-foot and a bottle of beer.


Original Oil / Gold foil on archival gallery wrap canvas
Size: 12″ x 12″