Wild seas cooking up a storm – Inspiring Pictures for Writers

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Three young women, a blond, a brunette and a red head , dance and make music and sip tea in the long grass while a storm spins the sea into a dark froth. It’s an extraordinary painting, its imagery hinting at myths and other-ness. There’s no doubt that this is a narrative painting but we have to make our own story out of the images. (What is that animal doing on the table?)

The artist is Andrea Kowch who was born in Detroit in 1986. One critic said of her work: “The lonely, desolate American landscape encompassing the paintings’subjects serves as an exploration of nature’s sacredness and a reflection of the human soul, symbolizing all things powerful, fragile, and eternal.”

Maybe.

And everyone seems to agree that she has been influenced by her native Michigan, but when I first saw this painting I was convinced she must also have…

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