My paintings are inspired by many things…anything from nature to my cat. Sometimes it is the mere shape of a leaf or a piece of wood which inspires an idea.
One night when my kitten, Persephone, was three months old, she sat gazing out the window at the night sky. It was such a beautiful sight to behold that I felt I must do something artistic with it.
The first project I came up with was a painting on 350 lbs multi-purpose paper. I was quite pleased with the results and I received positive feedback from others.
Being a nomad during the summer, I get around quite a bit. While in Pioche, Nevada I visited Boot Hill Cemetery. Just outside the entrance I found two slices of a tree trunk. Apparently a tree had just been chopped down and I felt the need to bring the wood home with me.
I decided to paint another version of Persephone And The Moon on this wood slice.
The above version on the tree trunk sold immediately. It was after this that I became obsessed with painting on wood which you will notice should you follow this blog.
A friend of mine is a wood artist and when he mentioned that he would be coming to town to visit I asked that he bring whatever wood scraps he has on hand. All I can say is that when he arrived I was like a child on Christmas morning! He arrived bearing sliced up oak branches, long slabs of gorgeous cedar, several slabs of ironwood and a cypress root.
I chose a slice of ironwood to paint another version of Persephone And The Moon. This is the end result and it is currently for sale ($50 USD).
Ironwood is very heavy; therefore, the above piece must be sold in person due to the cost of shipping.