Woman with Alpaca
About Woman with Alpaca
"Woman with Alpaca" started off as a portrait of Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio who starred in Roma earning her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Leeanna wanted the painting to embody the beauty she sees in all Central and South American women of indigenous origin. The composition is based on Pre-Raphaelite painter John William Waterhouse's painting "Lady Clare" where he paints a fantastical scene of a forest maiden based on a poem. Leeanna recreated her own "maiden" emerging from a recent walk with her alpaca. The woman wears contemporary clothing but the period of time is ambiguous. The body and arms are painted from imagination reflecting the figures seen in ancient Moche portrait and figurative vessels.