Watercolors, watercolor pencils and acrylic paint on canvas
References were used
Painted in 2010
My first oil painting.
The title refers to the final resting place for the souls of the virtuous in Greek Mythology. It is also a reference to the term “The Little Death”, highlighting the relationship between death and ecstasy.
Her blue figure and explosive colors express the moment of climax and death. The flowers on her eyes are a play on the ancient Greek ritual of putting coins over the eyes of the deceased so that they may pay the ferryman Charon to sail them over the river Styx to the Elysian Fields. Normally, though, the dead only needed one coin as they would stay in the afterlife forever. This woman gets two, because she must cross the river twice and return to life.
Photo references were used for the pose. Approx. 40x120cm, oil on canvas. 2010-2011
Shortly after I finished the painting a butterfly decided to sit on it for a while.
Acrylics on canvas
Assorted references were used
Approx. 80cm x 60cm
2007 – 2010
Lilith is a character from Jewish mythology. She was created at the same time and from the same earth as Adam, unlike Eve, who was created from one of Adam’s ribs. Lilith was Adam’s first wife (before Eve), who is scorned and demonized in the writings, because she refused to be subservient to Adam and decided archangels were more fun. It was this treatment that inspired my work with the painting – why is a woman a sinner if she refuses to be passive? Should Lilith really be regarded as a demon or is she in fact a victim in the story?
The painting has many symbols from the Garden of Eden and various other associations. The larger image of the woman and the snake is mirrored in the center of the painting where the snake is attacking the hummingbird (see Details).
Medium: Acrylics on canvas
Size: Approx. 120cm x 120cm
2009 – 2010
This painting is about traveling through music and is generally an exploration of adventure and wonder. The most important parts to notice is how the wire from the headphones turns into a string of lights that continues throughout the desert, but there are other hidden secrets. Geckos are said to bring good luck to travelers and the three geckos in the painting come to life the closer they are to the scene beyond the wall, blurring the line between the real and imaginary. Why are the trees levitating?