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The Succubus--for blog

“The Succubus”

Acrylic on canvas–30 x 75 inches

My father served in World War II and I’ve always been fascinated with photographs of his time in Egypt and India, the Sphinx and the Taj Mahal looming in the background, as he and his friends posed–British and American soldiers banding together to protect national treasure. I’m not sure if he went to Europe before or after those snapshots were taken, but he did tell me that when he first saw the Sistine Chapel, he was overwhelmed, realizing genius, quickly becoming a fan of the Italian Renaissance.

In his later years, he chuckled at people when they were openly shocked about  a nude scene in a modern movie. He said, “Go overseas…nude statues are everywhere, right out in the open. It’s art!”

So, he didn’t flinch when I enrolled in a Life Drawing class in college, and we both smiled at my mother when she asked if the models really removed all of their clothes. “They can’t do that,” she proclaimed.

They did! All posing for a group of students–shameless, and lovely–most imperfect. Some were old, some young–some thin–some overweight–and I learned that the human form is beautiful at every stage of life–in all of its forms.

My new painting–a partial nude piece–is titled “The Succubus”. It’s inspired by a recent story I penned called “Hotel Namaah”–an erotic tale about encounters with a succubus. (Now available at DarkFuse magazine.)

And to quote my Dad…”It’s art.”

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About Sandy DeLuca

Sandy DeLuca’s paintings have been featured as cover art and interior art for various publications, including notable work such as the Bram Stoker winner, VAMPIRES, ZOMBIES AND WANTON SOULS, for Marge Simon’s poetry. Sandy has also written and published numerous novels, several poetry and fiction collections, an art chapbook and several novellas. In addition, books which tell the story of her journey as a visual artist are now available. These books chronicle her humble beginnings as an art student in the late 1970's and move on through 2015. Please check Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other independent online retailers for sales information regarding all of her books. As an author she is known for dark and surreal prose; often visceral and shocking. She is best known for her work in the horror genre. However, she has written noir fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy and mainstream fiction as well. She was a finalist for the BRAM STOKER for poetry award in 2001, with BURIAL PLOT IN SAGITTARIUS; accompanied by her cover art and interior illustrations. A copy is maintained in the Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays (Brown University) Poetry, 1976-2000. She was nominated once more in 2014, with Marge Simon, for DANGEROUS DREAMS. At present she paints and writes full time.

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