Matilde Among the Fleabane
Oil on canvas
The grey background, like winter into spring, fades into shades of warm yellow and blue. Matilde's expression is both dark and defiant and softly poignant. She reflects the dark wildness of spring and its descent into soft new growth. Fleabane begins to bloom in spring. Like Matilde, it is a sturdy indestructible wildflower with delicate flowers.
Paula Long is a self taught artist who has a fascination with women's faces and a passion for color. She strives to capture the unique story, beauty and strength of the women she paints. Her subjects are diverse across ethnic, socioeconomic and age groups. Paula currently lives on a small farm with her husband, 3 geriatric cats, a retired greyhound, a mare and a cow named Arjun.