Johnny on the Shore [back]

Oil on Panel | 11" x 16" | 2009

In this idealized beach scene we can see below the surface of the water to a female swimmer. She's swimming towards the male form who is holding a net filled with oysters. He's using his net as a chance to flex his muscles as if it's his intention to catch her as well. Between them is a cabana, a symbol of home and change, in which people can enter and then re-emerge changed. In question is who is the dominant power because even though he's flexing his muscle and is in the forefront, she's the larger figure. Each disguises their attraction to the other but are compulsively drawn together.