What inspired me to work on the female form was the belief that our minds can create our reality. Most of my life I had suffered from morbid obesity - reaching at one point 288 lbs. Most likely my body weight reached higher numbers, but I refused to step on the scale after observing the dreaded 288! I was suffering from low self esteem, depression, severe low back pain, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis and several other "itis" when I realized that the most powerful tool that I had available was my brain. If I was going to turn my life around, I had to learn how to master my body and re-create myself. I needed a visual image of how my new body was going to be and while imagining it gave me a good idea, creating it on canvas helped me to send out a message to the Universe.
The second painting, Sibyl, followed on the same lines [as first painting, The Bather], but emphasized my passion for learning. My Sibyl has well-defined muscles (female form and power), but is more feminine than Michelangelo's. She is focused on developing her knowledge and she is aware of her strength and beauty.
be Still: Vol. 1
, Article 35.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/bestill/vol1/iss1/35