In 2007, I took those thousands of folder drawings & culled it down to the 300+ very best drawings & saved them in notebooks. Esmaralda was one of those.
Exactly 30 years later, I decided to turn it into a painting.
Then I wrote a story. I did something unusual for me; normally the idea is for the picture to develop into someone, & who I think they are at the beginning & who they turn out to be may be completely different things, but in this case the story came to me from looking at the original drawing, & I had such a clear idea of her persona.
I made her a little less morbid & a little less severe than I did in the drawing. Then I worried that she was too saccharine & girly-sweet. But of course she is not, she’s just trying to fit in & be a young woman.
However, she could disappear back in the woods again at any moment.
The original 60w x 48h painting has sold, but there are two three-quarter sized prints available. Call or email for pricing!