These paintings were first inspired by the declining health of my deaf and arthritic 13 year old pet pug. I needed to broaden my perceptions about notions of life and death in order to process my impending sadness. Humor serves as a survival tactic during stressful situations and incomprehensible events. These quirky narratives illustrate the transience of life using animals as metaphors.
Much of our vitality happens within the details of our everyday life. The capacity to view things within their true relative importance takes much intellectual rationalization contrary to emotional intelligence. These animals have distorted bodies and large eyes symbolizing a supernatural vision. They are struggling to find the opportunity of endless animation. The images express fragility, expiration, passing and preservation. Feelings become warped and twisted when threatened with death. There is comfort when we try to search for ways to create our own immortality. Life has no warranty.
Much of life and death phenomena is unable to be explained by the laws of nature. The paintings Element and Petri Moon are imaginative visualizations on the origins and cessation of physical life. Flower Ball and Cactus Ball comment on the importance of water on our planet. These paintings share a spirit for splendor and sensation through the use of vibrant surreal color and bold compositions. They are hopeful for a continued spiritual relationship with the ones we loved and a belief in guardian angels.