Romancing the Assassin
Hollywood loves to romanticize assassins. Just look at the James Bond films, and various other films starring Antonio Banderas, Uma Thurman and others.
But what is this obsession with assassins? Is it because they are mysterious, lone gunmen? Or in this case, a woman (aka a femme fatale). All the spy books, films and so on tends to glamourize the assassin, but in reality assassins are much more devious and underhanded, with the morals of an alley cat.
In this case I am equally guilty of romanticizing (and sexualizing) the assassin. This painting is largely for fun, but I also enjoy sneaking the phallic symbolism in. The choice of green in the background is likewise deliberate, and the blue reflection on her clothes works well to make her look cool and sexy.