A New Series of Encaustic Paintings...
I've been toying with the idea of a series of anthropomorphic animals for some time now. The genesis of the idea came to me while I was painting a mural in France last summer where my clients wanted a rabbit with an Elizabethan collar included in the painting, then this January I was painting another mural in Montreal and my client there suggested antlers on a rabbit rather than putting them on the deer. I came home from that job and started painting immediately!!!
This series of encaustic paintings explores the relationship animals have with each other and with humans. Here, animals we humans sometimes think of as an annoyance are portrayed as aristocratic beings from another time, all graced with antlers which they wear like crowns growing from within reaching upward.
The wisdom of the owl, the cunning of the fox, the strength of the bear, these are all characteristics we have placed on these creatures, or is it we who have drawn these traits from them?