Saint Joan of Arc
Oil on Canvas with gold leaf
36” x 36”
$2,750 original giclee prints limited $275 36” x 36” $170 24” x 24”
Saint Joan of Arc is a canvas created after I was shocked with the burning of the cathedral of Notre Dame. Visually in my imagination I felt the tragedy of my favorite part of the stone building- that the gargoyles were burning !
Based on a compositional form of the Fibonacci spiral, the eye moves around with areas that engage and cause reflection on the nature of visual connection to history; it celebrates an impermanent world.
The Gargoyle has always wanted to become alive in my art and here was the opportunity to let them out. Each survived the fire as they were stone and were placed safely against the strong winds of so high in a building and being made of stone their heavy weight a protection too.
The Joan of Arc figure holds the flag of France and bears the cross of the crusader. She was an inspiration to the fighting men defending France in war battles but was burned at the steak on order of the King either because of her disguise as a man caused insult to the royal station as she disobeyed the order to not wear men's costume or because the church found it to be heresy for her to say she had visions from God on how to win so many victories in battles in war she lead . This burning death can be seen in her shadow against the wall from her figure alive and holding up the French flag.
France is seen as I experienced the city from an airplane flight into the majestic city... with the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre distant and inviting.
In creating paintings I like to try for new discovery of techniques that I have not yet tried or feel worth pursuing again. Here I used two liner perspective points on the same vanishing trace line to give the illusion of looking down into the city from the tops of the cathedral. I wanted to make an area of height that would communicate a unease like the uncertainty experienced contemplating the unknown..... such as what would become of the spirits in the place if the building was completely destroyed.
A Sign in the Sky of Something, Somewhere Else
Oil on canvas with Swarovski crystals, 24k gold leaf and flocking
36” x 36”
$3,275. original $395 giclee print (or less to size)
A Sign in the Sky of Something, Somewhere Else A Sign in the Sky of Something, Somewhere Else The dolphin and her offspring get to live in a floating universe of stars.I was inspired by the winter night sky and how on one clear night I saw the largest object visible in the universe, besides a planet, called the Orion’s Belt. It got me to thinking about space travel. Voyager I probe launched in 1977 is still carrying it’s gold plated disc recording with images, out to space forever. I wonder if this time capsule will ever come across intelligent life.I have been studying the Octopus in my last paintings. The spiral shapes of the arms as they extend out, fall into my fascination with the Fibonacci geometric spiral shape, and is repeated in the compositional map on the surface of the painting of sparkling crystals. This sea animal’s beautiful colors change with it’s emotions. It inhabits a world far away from outer space on the sea floor. Paradoxically the animal has a very deadly poison in it’s bite, repeated in another animal found in my paintings, the coral snake. Both have a scarlet red touching yellow, colors that are known to be the most attractive scientifically to the human eye.
The Thing that Eats the Heart is Mostly the Heart…. Hercules.
Oil on Canvas- Gallery Wrap Frame
24” x 24”
$1,195. usd $225 Giclee print
In these times of conflicting ideas and Ideals we must remember consequences of entering into a fight. Isn’t it best to struggle and try to get alone instead of entering into conflict. Conflict, as this image suggests, leads to someone being victorious and the other defeated. We look to art to speak and I hope this image can remind us to have more care with conflict.
Last Fall I saw this artwork at the National Gallery DC. It is fun to draw in museums, every artist should from time to time. I made from this middle age wood-engraving print, this drawing that, I snapped a picture to work on later. I has become this painting. I guess I shelter myself from reality by using an irrational imagined color for the lion. “Hercules… The Thing that Eats the Heart is Mostly Heart” Oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 24” x 24”.