While the wit of the title suggests nursery rhyme nonsense, the painting itself is proof positive of the cowgirl's empowerment. Here, in an echo of bull-leaping ceremonies practiced in ancient Crete, the Cowgirl takes on the power of the moon, which is echoed in the round shape behind her and the crescent horns of the oxen. Her boots are decorated with symbols of the feminine: the crescent, the five-pointed star, and the six petalled flower, symbol of Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love.
And the Cowgirl Jumped over the Moon
24" x 24.5" ©1997
1000 in edition
Signed by the artist and authentication provided