My current body of work focuses on the people closest to me, emotionally and physically. Our lives are all so busy with what feels like constant motion. With these images, I am collecting moments that to me describe the person or show a beautiful, ordinary scene. Within that context, I explore other themes. Foremost, I want to capture the intensity of the teenage years. The issues they face literally play across their faces daily. Having both a son and a daughter, I have a front row seat; I witness how their challenges and how they differ per their personalities and genders. Often reactions fall right down stereotypical lines and other times I am surprised. I want to document it all. I also paint my daughter and myself repeatedly. I want to infiltrate the world with images of women and girls that are strong, that are thoughtful, and that are real. I want my work to be an agent of change by showing women in a different context than the narrow one history has provided.
Ellen Starr Lyon is a painter living in the Midwest who loves a quirky portrait. My current body of work centers on teenagers, their strong emotions, gender issues and their use of technology. Check out my work at www.ellenstarrlyon.com and on Instagram @ellenstarrlyon
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