Icon – Martha Washington, Ace of Hearts
1998, oil and acrylic on canvas, 70 x 56”
As the wife of the first President of the United State, Martha was destined to be an American icon. Martha surely could not imagine that Americans would forever see her as a little, white-haired lady with a hair doily. I choose to paint a younger Martha, minus her hair net; a Martha more the way she might have looked when George fell in love with her. The intense red background and oversized nail add an iconic overtone.