Visions of Self is an annual show of work from female artists across the world. It’s hosted by the Women’s Voices, Women’s Vision group of Yosemite Sierra Artists. In our second year, we’re featuring over 100 artists from 14 countries, with work including the subjects of self-portraiture, environment, emotions, and state of being.

Desert Sun Bathing

Penny Otwell
Mariposa, CA United States

I have lived in the Sierra Nevada mountains and high desert landscape at Mono Lake celebrating my connection with nature since 1964. I was an Artist in Residence at Manzanar National Historic Site for 5 weeks, and started using origami paper in my paintings. The figure represents me observing the beauty of the desert. My Granddaughter made the cut-out in the upper left-hand corner, another connection with family. The blue water signifies abundant life in a dry landscape and my Vision of Self. My daughter is named for a beautiful canyon near Mono Lake. This place holds much of my life.

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