14 January 2015

Women's Work (x2)

Working Even Harder Now
16" x 20", oil on wood panel, 2014
private collection

And the Women Went Also
20" x 16", oil on canvas, 2014

With these two paintings I wanted to show some of the involvement of women during World War One. In the first one, women are working in a factory, which, in many cases, was in addition to working at home as mothers and/or on farms; the second one shows a group of nurses in front of a building in Belleville, ON, before shipping off overseas. If my WWI painting project was a little bigger (i.e. more than 100 paintings) and my deadline (11 November 2014) later, I would have explored this subject matter further as I feel I didn't go deeply enough with this in my War At Home section.

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