This painting was created for a project called "Perceive Me" conceived of and curated by Kristine Schomaker as a way to honor and love her body just as it is.
Kristine asked 62 artists to make individual artworks of her posed in the nude. Each artist's approach to the project was left entirely up to us.
I decided to have Kristine acknowledge her sexuality by being as vulnerable as possible during our photo shoot from which I chose the reference image for the painting.
An exhibition of all the artworks will be held in January, 2020 at Cal State LA Art Gallery.