Sometimes you can be influenced by people and not even realize it. As I was researching a painting it occured to me that the name Fernand Khnopff, a Belgian Symbolist pianter, kept popping up. I am heavily influenced by the Symbolists, but never really noted Khnopff for some reason, until I realised that I had been VERY influenced in my own work by paintings I'd seen of his. For instance- I did my own version of this painting without even realising it. (Sorry, no, you can't see.) This image popped up in my subconcious when over fifteen years ago I was obsessed about a story I read in National Geographic about a mummy found in Siberia of a tattooed woman (possibly a priestess) with blonde braids, silk robes, gold jewellry, and these incredible tattoos of deer. I painted her and she looked suspiciously like this.
Here are a few more Khnopff paintings that crept into my brain. The motif of closed or binded eyes was appealing to me at the time which my therapist had some interesting things to say about. I don't know who this woman is...but she looks like an Amazon Queen so of course I dug that.