The Lady Skeleton is inspired by a beautiful cameo necklace I purchased from local alternative boutique Deviant South, by the name of Madame Squelette. I even bought her likeness in the form of an elegant choker, earrings and a glorious locket. She is so breathtaking that I felt compelled to draw her in pencil, paint her in acrylics and now she had to be brought to life in oils.

I wanted to give her more human features but kept her eye sockets empty and dark. I played with contrasting textures but within the same colour range.

The stormy compositions of Jean Sibelius significantly moved me. The music matched my technique, with occasional soft and delicate brushstrokes, followed by massive, quick dabs: Light and dark amid a stormy ambience. The palette is cold and pale except for her wine-red hair.

La Muerte is glancing over her shoulder, wearing a skull as a mask over her decaying face. Her red hair is wound into a Victorian updo with antlers peeking out. Her complexion matches the skull and horns, with hollow eye sockets gaping, and a ghastly grin of crooked teeth sans lips. Lace dressing is slipping off her shoulder and ends in a curl of blackened veins, merging into a braid of bright red hair. She floats on a background of light mint.

La Muerte became the embodiment of beauty and delicateness. A requiem of life.

”If I could express the same thing with words as with music, I would of course use a verbal expression.

Music is something autonomous and much richer.

Music begins where the possibilities of language end. That is why I write music.”

– Jean Sibelius