Description 'Joie de Vivre' (48 x 60; oil) was my first 'big' painting. I remember as a very young child when I went to the beach for the first time. I literally squealed for joy for over an hour as I ran and splashed in the waves. Too often, as we grow older, we lose that 'joie de vivre.' I love the blue of the ocean, the blue of the sky, and the beauty of the female form, and so combining the three helped express the carefree joy of 'letting loose.' The original has a strong sense of texture, including thick clouds, and waves that are literally cut into the paint.