“Venus” marks an intentional shift in repertoire for Candace Whittemore Lovely. After a prolific series of “white dress” paintings in the same tenor as Monet’s “haystacks,” Lovely describes the “need for a change” meant creating a piece that “takes the dress off, literally and psychologically.” The artist takes the subject (“Fair Woman”) off the beach and places her under water, ready for a rebirth in the spirit of the original Venus (which in Greek is Aphrodite from aphros meaning foam). Showing this Venus before emergence, approaching renaissance, the artist refers to this work as her personal breakthrough piece, painted as a self-portrait from a swimming pool in Hilton Head Plantation in South Carolina. Playing with prismatic colors and reflection (literal and figurative reflection on her artistic journey and reinvention), won the artist an award at the 2019 National Association of Women Artists in South Carolina’s Transparency in Light Show.
Dimensions: 54H x 44W | Medium: Oil on Linen