An invitation to celebrate 40 years of women in the RCMP flashed up on my FB; my mind went to those women who first stepped into the ring. I wondered about what it takes to be a female cop today.
I spoke to wonderfully powerful, creative and courageous women currently in police forces in North America. I got a strong sense of how they view themselves: strong, courageous, powerful, feminine, graceful, kind, honourable, loyal, proud and such an incredible integrity. For me, the HORSE represents so much of this, and it is also a symbol of the RCMP.
I wanted the female figure to be part of the horse, be graceful and powerful – holding true to themselves and to what they believe in. Dancing in sync together, bringing a light where only darkness has been before.
(Not referring to RCMP before women joined!… although… kidding… but to the leader of the first group of women, who fought so hard for first nations rights, for better policing in those communities and recognition of their world.)
I chose to paint this in the style of Franz Marc, whom I believe painted the most amazing horses in such incredible luminous colours that grabs and holds me, still, even after twenty years – the first time I saw his work.
INCLUDED BELOW ARE PHOTOS OF THE ORIGINAL SKETCH