In for the Kill [back]

Oil on Panel | 6" x 9" | 2010

This was inspired by the scene in "A Streetcar Named Desire" where Blanche Dubois pauses in a doorway to powder her nose before entering into the room of ruffians playing a game of cards. It implied that she was interested in one of the men or that she was self-conscious or both. But in this painting the girl is very sure of herself, a bit shifty, and is the true aggressor in the scene. Either these men are fighting over her and she's on to the next victim, or she's waiting to claim the victor. The setting is a bar, inferred only by the hung lights and the bar stool. The boy on the right is peaceful almost like Christ in a Pieta.