There’s something about pears for me…the shapes, the contours, the colors. Though I’d never turn down the chance to eat a sweet, juicy pear, I’m much more interested in them as subjects for still lifes. And they’ve got that anthropomorphic thing going for me: I certainly see them as female–all those lovely torsos. I painted BFF’s to celebrate the friendship between two women (I’m the taller one) and the Birds on a Wire are having a gossipy chat.
When I painted The Bartletts, a triptych of eight pears, I used pears I had spent some time selecting at our local fruit store as my models. I very carefully wrapped them up and kept them at the back of my fruit drawer between painting classes, hoping to keep them from getting too ripe. I was about half done with the painting when we went away away for the weekend, and as soon as we pulled into our driveway, I knew that our son had been at the house while we were away. (He just left a light on in the den.) I had no problem with that until I saw the note he left on the kitchen counter: “Mom, where did you get those pears? They were awesome!” He had eaten three of my models! Don’t think it was so easy to replace them, either. Who knew that no two pears are alike?