"Serenity", 2016, Ginger Del Rey
oil on canvas 48" x 36" x 1.5"
This is a portrait of my very dear friend Zeenath- a truly lovely, vibrant woman who perpetually radiates an unquenchable lust for life. Her strong passions remind me of one of my favorite Kerouac quotes: “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” This is Zee to a tee. But such a strong, fiery soul usually finds the one thing she's lacking is a feeling she's arrived, she can relax, she can enjoy the moment. So I chose to paint her in a rare moment of perfect peace and serenity.