When looking through the choices of paintings to “reimagine” for the American Women Artists show, I chose Sophistication by Harry Wilson Watrous. I loved the strong composition of the woman at the simple table dressed all in black, which to me showed her grounded view of the world. She knows her place in society and is quite comfortable there. She’s in a daydream with her cigarette and cup of tea confidently sitting alone.
I wanted a similar strong composition but decided to paint the opposite of Sophistication with Naïveté. I put young Ivy at a cheery table in a similar pose. She is looking straight ahead and leaning towards her future. She seems uninterested in sitting with a cup of tea. Using the dark background I wanted to highlight the dark unknown that our troubled world presents to our youth these days. Ivy is dressed in a sweet white dress representing her innocence and the bright light she possesses that she might not yet be aware of. There will come a time when she too will be the sophisticated woman at the table of life