This work is a combination of two of my favorite things to paint: figures and cloth. Pam and I had lived in Italy together, and she knew I needed source material. She grabbed one of her favorite scarves and said “let’s go find a fan.” It’s not the most exciting backstory, but I loved the way it turned out. Pam’s hand, her fixed gaze, the warm hazy palette – they create a mood for me and I’ve invented countless stories about what “Pam” might be doing here. If you didn’t know my own backstory for the painting, I wonder what story you see in her.