A girl in a golden birdcage, who is clinging to the chains that keep the birds from being free, is a metaphor of how too often the oppressed become the oppressors.
I also wanted to show the complexity of human emotion. The expression in her face portrays regret and guilt for becoming a captor, longing for a time of simplicity before her gilded cage, and sympathy for the birds who's fate she shares, showing the moral duality of our actions.
The birds also signify all the things we cling to, that should be let go. The bird above her signifies hope and freedom, it's bonds torn and blue skies ahead. All this is set with a backdrop of natures beauty, an etherial cloudscape where a sunset is just beginning.
Woven In The Wind
| 30x30 | Mixed Media On Panel
| 30x24 | Mixed Media On Panel
Under Your Wing
| 18x18 | Mixed Media On Panel
"Aries (tryptich)" 96x60 Oil and Silver Leaf on Linen
Aries is one of my largest most ambitious projects to date... It was a commission by a close friend. I've always loved dyptichs and tryptichs, and enjoyed the challenge of conveying a strong overall graphic composition, while keeping each separate panel interesting.
I'm fascinated by different textures. The relationships between the flat metallics and fully modeled forms, is something I've been exploring in my work.
I was honored when "Aries" recently won 1st Prize in the 2014/2015 ARC Art Salon Competition for the Animal Category, and 3rd place in the 2014/2015 Raymar Art Competition.
"Symbiosis I" | 36x48 | Oil and Silver Leaf on Linen
In this painting, I wanted to comment on the many Symbiotic relationships found in nature... How very different creatures thrive from living in close physical association.
I also wanted to bring attention to the current plight of Rhinos.
"Rhinos were once abundant throughout Africa and Asia with an approximated worldwide population of 500 000 in the early twentieth century. However, despite intensive conservation efforts, poaching of this iconic species is dramatically increasing, pushing the remaining rhinos closer and closer towards extinction.
The Western black rhino was declared extinct by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in 2011, with the primary cause identified as poaching. In fact, all five remaining rhinos species are listed on the IUCN Redlist of threatened species, with three out of five species classified as critically endangered."
"Symbiosis II" | 36x48 | Oil and Silver Leaf on Linen
I've long been fascinated with the beauty and majesty of Elephants. They're color and texture provided an amazing contrast to the flat silver background.
This was my second study of the many Symbiotic relationships found in nature... How very different creatures thrive from living in close physical association.
Some birds ride on elephants' backs, eating parasites as well as insects that are stirred up from the dust and grass as elephants walk. They will also sound an alarm call if predators approach, giving elephants a chance to guard their babies from possible attack.
"Sentinels" (2014) | 48x24 | Oil and Silver Leaf on Linen
Ravens have always interested me. Beautiful, ominous and fiercely intelligent, with subtle colors reflected in their dark plumage.
Looking up at the power lines in the city, I was struck time and again by the interesting scenes. The graphic dark lines of the electrical wires against a cloudy sky, the weathered wood and beautiful glass insulators. Ravens perched like sentinels guarding their domain.