Desiring a State of Grace is a 24x12 oil done from life by Shirley Fachilla.
Andrew Wyeth was once asked what about his art would have displeased his painter father. Andrew answered that N.C. often criticized his greyed down colors and his lack of narrative. Of course, Andrew’s father, N.C., was a famous illustrator and for him, a narrative in his paintings was essential.
Paradoxically, Andrew was often been berated by the art establishment for the anecdotal nature of his work. It would be hard to argue that his most famous painting Christina’s World is not telling a story. But does Brown Swiss really have a narrative? Perhaps the narrative element in a painting is often in the eye of the beholder. Afterall, Andrew thought of himself as an abstractionist, not a teller of tales.
Desiring a State of Grace seems to me to have an implicit story. But my husband says the subject of the painting needs to have a book, letter, box, or a something to give it… well, a narrative.