Photo by Larry Wagner
I am gob-smacked by the beauty of nature, people and other animals. I include them in my art as symbols of relationships, concepts and energy.
Typically, I begin a composition or sculpture when I hear a compelling story or see some person or animal that moves me deeply. I will take that story or animal and create a narrative or symbolic story around the subject and from that, develop a composition.
Once my vision is clear, I proceed to paint, but I am not fixed on where the process will take me. If the art shows me a different direction to go in, I follow that new route, and I’m always happy with the results.
Although my art often includes animals, what I create actually arises from the common life experiences all living beings: bonding, connecting, suffering, yearning, worrying….experiences of awe, angst and loss. Even if the concept is difficult or heart-breaking, I still like to make my pieces as beautiful as possible, with visual interest so that the work may be appreciated both close-up or further away. For this reason, I often use gilding or metallics because of my lifelong fascination with the mesmerizing beauty of illuminated manuscripts.
In a painting, when I use illumination, animal and human subjects, and a narrative, I hope to convey the ethereal, the ephemeral, the magical and the mysterious.