It has been 2 years since the introduction of Evelyn, the last piece in my “Women of Harley Series”.The Evelyn painting was a portrait of a seasoned rider on her way to a hill climb in the early thirties. She was composed of big bold strokes with expressive paint and colors. I got to thinking of how women first climbed astride the iron horse in the first place and did a little research. It appears that the decade before was the culprit for paradigm shift of attitudes: “The Roaring Twenties” . Now I wanted to do an accurate rendering with all the details of this slice of American history.
I decided to produce a piece that went full circle back to the “Ruby” era, except focus on the motorcycle as the catalyst of change. Stella sits outside the Oxford Hotel on a shiny New Harley Davidson in full 20s regalia, igniting the onslaught of the previous victorian generations display of contempt. These young women of the 20s could not have been more shocking to their parents, they flew airplanes, rode motorcycles, stayed out dancing until the morning hours, not to mention the attire. Harley-Davidson’s rich heritage includes these type of scenes, and I hope you enjoy my window into that past.
David F Uhl