I started taking photos in the fall of native prairie plants and flowers (now brown and dehydrated from frost) that sweep the rolling hills of a wetland preserve just outside my backdoor. Even though all the grasses, plants, and wildflowers would appear lifeless to anyone walking the pathway, I saw characters emerge.
That’s when the idea of a “Royal Court” series came to me. Large portrayals of queens, palace guards, ladies in waiting, dukes and duchesses, all derived from the photos I was taking as reference. This is the first in that series.
“The Crown” depicts a young queen (an Elizabeth or Victoria perhaps) who is flouncing energetically about when no one is looking, her head and torso arching to the left. On the top of her “head” are the points of her crown sitting lopsided on a bounty of curls and ribbons, her right arm pointing upward as if in conversation with herself (“I’ll show them!”) as she makes her way down a castle corridor, her skirts swishing behind her as she strides onward. That’s what I see. For everyone else, it’s open to interpretation.