Acrylic Wallaby

We want the facts to fit the preconceptions.  When they don’t, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.

Jessamyn West

Acrylic Wallaby

2.5″ x 3.5″ Atelier Interactive Acrylic on Watercolor Paper

Wow, how weird….  Where’s the purple?  he he

Mary Jessamyn West (July 18, 1902 – February 23, 1984) was an American Quaker who wrote numerous stories and novels, notably The Friendly Persuasion (1945).

West went to Whittier College in the 1920s. There she helped found the Palmer Society, in 1921.

Much of her work concerns Indiana Quakers. Although she was born in Vernon, Indiana she left the state at the age of six when her family moved to California. Asked about this in an interview, she said, “I write about [Indiana] because knowing little about it, I can create it.” Comparing herself to other authors that created fictional universes, she remarked:

“Roth wrote The Breast. Would you ask him how he could do this since he had never been a breast? Adams wrote Watership Down. Would you ask him how he could do this since he admitted his rabbit knowledge came from a book about rabbits? … And those hobbits!… I am a bigger risk-taker than these others. The Hoosiers can contradict me. No rabbit, hobbit, or breast has been known to speak up in reply to their exploiters.”



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lesliepaints
    Jan 13, 2010 @ 12:36:03

    WOW OH WOW! She is lovely. It looks as though she is offering her leaf to a friend. Stunning eyes. Everything works for me in this. I also like the texturing in her coat.


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