This is the 20th painting in my series of 20 paintings about my childhood growing up in rural Iowa. This final painting is an homage to a painting by Torii Kiyomasu II (ca. 1750-1760).
I was living and working in rural Japan when I started painting in a serious, dedicated way. And my Lupita character also emerged there in rural Miyakonojo as I painted at my window watching the plum blossoms bloom outside.
About the Series:
My new artwork series is a meditation on my childhood growing up off-the-grid in rural Iowa. My goal is to write a children’s book using this series of 20 paintings as the illustrations for the book. Thank you to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation – BeWildReWild – Community Artist Grant for your generous support of my project.