L'il Liza Jane
36" x 36" (91.44cm x 91.44 cm) - Mixed Media on Canvas
L'il Liza Jane is one of my favorite New Orleans songs and I knew I'd create a piece of art with that as the title, but I didn't know this was it until about half-way through creating it. It just seemed right.
The song is both incredibly familiar to anyone who's spent time in New Orleans, but also a bit engimatic as there are hundreds of versions and it dates back into the 1800's with no single definitive version of the song or the lyrics.
I like to think my Liza Jane is also both familiar and enigmatic. You feel comfortable with her right away, yet you want to know more about her.
I started this one out with a very heavy black and white theme in my head, and was thinking it would be a direct nod to the Zulu Krewe of New Orleans, and their specific look. But shortly after I began working on the main painting portion I quickly changed direction and went with more of a feminine approach.
I incorporated more physical elements into this one than in previous pieces I've done. This has feathers, pearls, beads, metal, and glass in just the mask portion alone.