This current body of work is a study of the internalized power of women. The essence of their character that remains long after they are gone. I see these paintings as a celebration of the inner strength of women their core radiating out from the female form. Movement is significant in my paintings. I am struck by the contrast of stillness and motion. The idea of people being motionless while posing for a portrait seems false, as humans we are never truly still. The movement of thought across our brow, releasing tension from our muscles and the collapse of the torso, this all constitutes movement. The act of filling the lungs with air and reaching the arms above the head is showing the positive strength of our inner being. I use this gesture frequently in this work. Color fusion and ongoing movement is present in my process and allows the figure to be alive. My color palette is dominated by red. Women have a life long relationship to red; females are classified prepubescent through menopausal. This work is dedicated to the women in my present artist cluster and to my family and friends, men and women whom inspire me.