Acrylic on canvas
One of the first nudes I painted in nearly 25 years. This rendering is an imaginative view of someone who was very special to me at the time, but completely ashamed of her figure because of a lifetime of body shaming. This painting not only represents the rebirth of my painting career, but it gave her confidence to try and overcome her issues. That combination is what started SMN, and gave me the impetus to create dozens of similar body positive paintings like this in the past year.
SMN would like to thank you for taking the time to learn about this noble and heartfelt project.
My talents for depicting the voluptuous female form were honed during my youth in the garages, gas stations, and adult magazines, when women of size were more commonly seen as nude models on calendars and photo spreads, and their depictions were more of an art form and less pornography. I also found inspiration in the works of artists like Varga, George Petty, Gil Elvgren, Sorayama, Frazetta, and Frank Thorne... like minded souls whose depictions of the female form tended toward the ...
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