“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” - Byron
Like many little girls of my generation, I grew up reading the classic fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood”. I’ve realized through an absolutely full life that we all encounter those wolves in the forest, and like Little Red, we find our way through.
These paintings explore the evolution of Little Red as an analogy of us all. From the naïve girl skipping through the woods to Grandma’s house with basket in hand, to the adolescent, reflective and hesitant in anticipation of the arrival of the wolf.
As the series draws to a close, Little Red is a mature woman dressed in a flowing cloak, who instead of being the pursued, appears to be the pursuer. She moves confidently forward into the woods, unafraid. I see my Little Red as a celebration of experience and grace.....the one who has triumphed over both her internal and external wolves.
My beloved Canadian landscape is the perfect backdrop for this dramatic tale, holding both a supporting and lead role in this tale of self discovery.