Monovita magazine has a nice profile of one of my favorite painters, Amy Crehore. (Shown here: "Wild Cat Fever.")
The garmentless women in Crehore's paintings exude a lovely innocence with a hint of deviance. The distinction that sets this surrealist painter apart from her predecessors is that unlike the stiff, posed women present in art throughout the centuries, Crehore's women are playful, socializing with various animals and pierrots.
"I guess I am hooked on painting nude women now. It's an archetype of beauty and represents naturalness. It's a classic motif throughout art history, yet most nudes were posed," Crehore said. "My nudes are actually doing things, and they are imaginary. They are very comfortable without clothes. It's hard to paint clothes anymore."