Each of my paintings re-evaluates the historical tableau, presenting the female figure as artist, rather than the more traditional muse, creating a counter narrative of women as both subject and author of the artwork. The image of the artist is dissected, as symbols of wealth, status and belief are placed within the studio setting, highlighting to the misconception of the artists ‘champagne life’, while reinforcing its elitist and exclusive nature. Reanimating familiar subjects, the paintings are a hybridised composite; a binary between the historical and contemporary. I construct utopian worlds, flaunting excess and opulence through figurative painting, highlighting the staged nature of fashion iconography. The paint seeks to reshape and skew preconceived archetypal forms. Through a meticulous process of handmade collage, the works strike a balance between abstraction and realism, as the initial photographic reference is transformed by the application of paint.