The images in the series are human/animal pairings, reflecting a covenant between the animal world and the human world. The relationship is one of reverence and of respect. They make reference to characters in classical mythology and the stories of Christian martyrs. Traditionally, a painting depicting a martyr often provides the viewer with an identifying clue, usually by means of a symbolic object. In my paintings, the animal functions in a similar way; representing a clue or revealing a certain attribute of the subject. In each painting, three fundamental elements come into play; the figures personality, the animal's quality, and the atmospheric condition. This visual trinity forms each narrative.



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