A synthesis of my background in fine art, fashion, and religion, “The Cult of Beauty” is a series of realistic figurative oil paintings portraying a social and philosophical narrative. Based on the concept that the human spirit longs for approval and acceptance, these paintings examine how delicate self-worth can be undermined in a society where standards of idealized beauty seem hallowed and venerated.
An isolated female figure is depicted in religious-like rituals. Both Biblical and Occult references are made in order to enhance the idea of worship and broach the topic of choice with regards to this paradox of freewill and servitude. Vintage fashion industry props and flesh-toned foundational garments set the time and help stage the raw environment of these paintings which promote a voyeuristic observation of human nature’s vulnerability when engaged in the universal struggle for acceptance.