Royal Orleans [back]

Oil on Canvas | 4' x 8' | 2010

The Bead Lady, a local New Orleans character, rummages through the garbage at a cross roads. The couple is rounding the corner and will cross paths with her but the man is taken out of the moment by his cell phone, his mouth simplified to the point of being a reflection of the bars he is passing, leaving the two women to cross paths alone. The Bead Lady is depicted in a ghostly manner suggesting something spiritual. The walking woman's expression is either fear or disgust. She has a constructed beauty while the Bead Lady is depicted with beautiful elegant hands. The walking woman's Barbie feet indicate that she has temporarily stepped out of her world. The two women share a point of identity through the beads they wear. In a moment, he'll be off the phone and the couple will reconnect.