Paintings With Soul

Since October 2006 I've been a daily painter, creating a new pet portrait at least 5 times per week. Over the years I've expanded my offerings to include a variety of animals, pets, race horses, children and other treasured heirlooms. In addition, I accept a limited number of commissions each year.

In 2015 I am honored to be the Kentucky Derby Artist.

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Meanwhile, thanks
so much for your continued support of my artwork.

Friday, May 04, 2018

The Guardians and Stand Tall

From left: "The Guardians" and "Stand Tall", both 24" x 48", acrylics on panel, each $1499 plus s&h. Yes pleases and inquiries may come directly to me - thank you! 
First off, I have been overwhelmed with your love and support during this week's venture through my Derby Experience in 2015 and how it changed my life. Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out and let me know how my paintings and personal journal have impacted you. You inspire me to continue onwards, and I am humbled.

These two paintings were the next logical step from yesterday's Gentle. I had embraced the horse as my spirit animal, so then I borrowed him as a stand in as protector for the world at large. When these two paintings were done (September 2017), there were mass tragedies and acts of terror happening all over the world. It seemed as if we were incapable of taking care of our neighbors, ourselves, and our Mother Earth.

Pops of light became bits of hope. Or souls reluctant to leave until their loved ones found closure. Strata represented humanity's history, often an ill fated one of cruelties and greed.Painted cells represented communities or groups needing protection and love. The horses stood guard, unable to prevent, but as a beacon of strength.

A random criticism of these works, that they were too "literal," got me thinking about how I could step deeper into a visual language to communicate my own disconnect from reality. I couldn't bear to tun into the news for fear of what calamity was to overshadow the previous days news. But hat sort of subject matter could I embrace that fell so far outside my comfort zone that I couldn't help but not be literal?

Duh.  The human form.

And thusly, the Sirens were born. October 2017.

A larger studio followed shortly after, and now (May 2018) I'm over 50 Sirens in to the series. With no sign of stopping.

Tomorrow I will share my first equine sirens.

Meanwhile, may the fourth be with you.

Here's the link to a photo essay of my Kentucky Derby journey, in case you missed it yesterday.
Also, another link to Monday's post about my artistic growth.
Here's Tuesday's post and my childhood passion for Walter Farley books.
Wednesday's post about my Grandpa.
Thursday's blog on how painting led me to a life of authenticity.
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