I met the artist, Phoenix Smith, several years ago on the day she married one of my good friends. The reception was held at the bride's home, and it was there I fell in love with the magnificent painting below, and I fell in love with the artist as well.
Our friendship grew over the years. In 2005, Phoenix Smith did a portrait of me in pencil which is in my office "art gallery" as a gift for sitting for her "Favorite Movies" series (a series of portraits painted while the model watches his/her favorite movie).
About a year ago she made an extraordinary offer to work with me on co-creating a painting featuring my cat. I remembered her first painting I had seen those years ago, and I wanted to include somehow a goddess, an earth-mother figure in the painting as well.
However, following discussions and exchanges, the painting below emerged. No cat is to be found, although at one point I suggested, jokingly, that we have my cat curled up asleep on the clouds. The artist was wise enough to quietly reject this idea.
Mayan Goddess Dancing Under the Moon, 36" x 48".
The following pages describe the collaborative creative process that led from an offer to paint a portrait of my cat to the gorgeous jewel of a painting above.
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Last revised: October 28, 2014.