THE THREE GRACES
Graphite and pastel on paper, c. 41.25 x 28.5 in., Private Collection
This is a triple portrait of my niece
Anneliese when she was a child wearing
a ballet dress that I had bought for her.
Anneliese looked lovely in the dress and
was so happy wearing it that I took
photos of her. When I looked at the
photos to make a drawing, I ended up
combining them. Putting the three
images together reminds me of the Three
Graces in Greek and Roman mytho- logy.
They are three mythological beings who
represent positive attributes such as
love, generosity, and beauty. These are
qualities we all possess and although we
may not always be aware of their
presence they are within us all of the
time.