"Strong Female Character" is a film and TV trope for women that are often represented in a literal or one-dimensional way, where a token woman is physically strong or powerful. Girls with guns, the warrior, the ass kicking action heroine- machoism is not the only interpretation of the word "strong".
The women I have chosen for my series of paintings are strongly written and represented as complex characters, who have integral roles in the plot apart from their male counterparts. They are self actualized, independent and bonded in friendship with other women. These paintings capture movie moments with female characters who drive the plot lines by expressing themselves, often as supporting characters or even, in the case of Anita Miller in "Almost Famous", leaving the movie entirely to accomplish their goals.
In June 2015 I headlined a show at Hot Art Wet City gallery for a tribute to writer and director John Hughes.
In 1985, John Hughes directed Weird Science and The Breakfast Club. Considering he only directed 8 films, that made 1985 is pretty important year for him. He also wrote National Lampoon’s European Vacation that year! Thirty years later, his nearly 50 films are still an important part of western pop culture. Though not the first tribute to his work (and likely not the last), we’re pretty excited to host this John Hughes art show.