Aimee Young Jackson talks about "Hot Ladies Blue Funk" ($550), part of a show opening Tuesday at Gallery K, 2032 P St. NW, through Nov. 13. 223-6955.

Iquit painting. I was doing color field painting and it didn't mean anything to me anymore. I began doing figurative photography, a lot of self-portraits, and using models and props. I was photographing fantasies. When I had everything set up, it looked so ridiculous, so contrived, I finally decided to try painting again.

It was a real struggle learning how to paint my ideas, and getting feelings was hardest of all. Artists are coming out of abstract expressionism and getting in touch with themselves. Art can now have emotion.

I began to work on "Hot Ladies Blue Funk" with the intent solely of painting four voluptuous women. They're surrounded by a mist of blue funk. I covered the heads to play up the sensuousness. I put in the corpse in back after I covered their heads. It's a welling up of my subconscious, and it says things that I don't care to share.

It would be nice to sell it. Somebody would buy this because there are so many things you could put into it of yourself or others. The painting gives back a lot.