Piece Five in my HSC body of work. The series in total is called “Ascendancy” which means domination or influincing figure, but also has connotations to the ascention of Mary in Christianity. Basically what i tried to do was to show how humanity’s expression of faith has changed, evolved, or even stayed the same. “The Annointment” refers to Mary Magdelane’s annointment of the body of Christ.

Compressed Charcoal on Paper

I would like to thank the wonderful photographer who allowed me to use his brilliant photographs as references throughout the series: mehmet turgut . His page on DeviantART is ( and the link to the particular photo for this piece is (


anatomy, charcoal, cling, hand, movement, woman


  • Zaldy Infante
    Zaldy Infanteover 6 years ago

    very compelling

  • Thank you

    – April Cowan

  • Tallulah
    Tallulahabout 6 years ago

    I love the power and energy behind your work. This one is amazing, the woman’s arm is strong and the movement in her hair adds to the energy. You do hands so beautifully.

  • haha, thank you! i always thought that her hands were man-hands in this piece – they’re too masculine! but it kind of centres the piece, so i was happy..

    – April Cowan

  • slavko
    slavkoover 5 years ago

    Dramatic and expressive, light and shadow, a painting worthy of Velasquez, Caravaggio, or sculpture by Rodin

  • baninjafar
    baninjafaralmost 5 years ago

    Bravo, excellent work and details!

  • Paul Vanzella
    Paul Vanzellaalmost 5 years ago

    how amazing is your work – so intense and full of life.. love your style!

  • thank you so much!

    – April Cowan

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Daralmost 4 years ago


  • Ming  Myaskovsky
    Ming Myaskovskyalmost 4 years ago

    This screams emotion, power and beauty…Bravo April ! :)

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