Dale Fairbanks: November 2012
I am intrigued by "uppity" women and I know a few. . . or more. Their flat refusal to stay in line or in a designated assigned area I find sometimes surprising, often horrifying, but always, always I am moved and inspired by these fearless females.
O Bright and Radiant Star, How I Wonder Who You Are I painted with one such uppity woman in mind - a woman who thrives on the crisis management of a demanding, relentless corporate world, communicating with clarity and authority when the chips are down, the flood gates have failed, or the rush of a tsunami has exposed millions to nuclear disaster.
The painting was for her new executive suite on the exclusive and formidable Twelfth Floor. I was struck by the click of her four-inch heels on the marble of the hallowed “men only” halls when we had our meeting regarding this commission, our meeting to discuss the size, scope, and industry of the international Shaw Group, Inc.
In our short thirty minute conference, I learned way more than I needed to know about nuclear power plants, pipe and steel fabrication, emergency response, and the engineering and construction of mega projects. I was dumbfounded when just about everything we discussed made an appearance on the canvas.
Yes. Uppity women do intrigue me and I do know more than a few.
©Dale Fairbanks Oil on linen 72" x 96"
Photography by Gary Langhammer Studio