Been way too long

January 17, 2020

It's a new year and it has been months since I have posted anything. Not that I haven't been painting, but I definitely have not been painting as much. That is about to change. I have been staring at this work for months and tweaking it here and there, never really feeling like I had it right and then this week, it finally came together. I think she is finally done. 


The Curtis photograph that inspired her is described as "Cecilia Joaquin, Pomo woman, using a seed beater to gather seeds into a burden basket, c. 1924."  I love the shadows in this photograph, especially the one cast across her skirt, made by her arm her seed beater. 








I hope that I captured the essence of Curtis' original photo. 

Edward S. Curtis' Cecilia Joaquin, Oil on Canvas, 24x36, 2020




Please reload

Recent Posts

February 7, 2020

Please reload


Please reload


Please reload

San Francisco, CA, USA

©2017 by Shirley Phelan Art. Proudly created with