Season of the Witch
Acrylic on Masonite Panel
20 x 16", framed to 22 x 18"
This subject for this piece is a deer skull that was found in the woods. I painted it as a way to honor the creature to which it had once belonged. The flowers are purple chrysanthemums—a symbol of death and mourning—and blooms from blue pumpkins, beneath a full moon and starry sky.
My art is a place where I explore the dark and lovely things in life that coincide with that which we are often led to fear or avoid.—Mortality, our smallness in the universe, and our choices that impact how the natural world flourishes or recedes around us. As part of this, fairy tale elements have become a way for me to examine the Shadow Self, as a way to try to recognize the “darker” aspects of who we are in the space of our limited existence. Inspired by this approach, I create an inner world inhabited by plants, animals, and representations of the human presence, where all things manifest together within a dreamlike environment.