|Wildflower, acrylic on linen, 30 x 24 inches, croppedxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx|
One of the best things about being a painter is that I can create my own world. In addition, I have developed my own vocabulary of meanings in order to make my world a better, more perfect place. In my world, all things are equal. There is no hierarchy. Human beings, animals and botanicals all have the same importance and are fungible. The painted images above might seem bizarre at first glance, but actually work as absolutes in my paintings.
Wildflower is one with nature. The snake/armrests provide comfort and support as they enclose and embrace Wildflower. The snake's forked tongue even becomes a bracelet for her. A butterfly sits atop her head as beautiful as any chapeau and even extends its veins onto Wildflower's face as a decorative and symbiotic gesture. Wildflower's braids defy gravity, twisting and twirling gracefully through the air. Though hair, they take their serpentine cue from the snakes. Wildflower is so botanically correct, her pale pink decolletage is made made up of flowers. Actual 100-year-old pressed wildflowers, violets, adorn her neck.
And that's the way things are ... at least in my world.