Original Acrylic on Board - 14" x 17.5"
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A monarch butterfly chrysalis. It seems to me to be the epitome of "Holding Hope." A cocoon is a perfect symbol of the promise of re-creation from old to new, from past to future. Yet the form itself is completely alien to it's previous existence or future manifestation. It is at once: sarcophagus, jewel, and egg. The image in this painting is separated from any reference to the natural world so that it can be considered and contemplated on it's own.
I am a professional mural artist, having made my living at it for the past 38 years. I travel to zoos, museums and aquariums to paint backgrounds in exhibits, usually 7-9 months a year. Rose, my wife, and our dog, Jack, travel with me. Locally, I have murals at The Museum at Warm Springs and The High Desert Museum. When I'm not traveling for work I paint in my studio. Rose and I have lived in Central Oregon for 8 years.