Wednesday, October 7, 2009

"Once upon a midnight dreary..."

It's October and I am getting in the Halloween mood. I came across this Edgar Allan Poe illustration of mine from a while back. Seems like an appropriate time of year to share it.

The piece was created with pencil and watercolor.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Personal Work: What the Gardener Saw

It's hard, but I find a little time to create some art for myself. I have been working on a series of paintings and sculptures for some time. I am keeping a Facebook page and a blog chronicling the process while developing an official website. Below is a "quick look" at some of the paintings.

What the Gardener Saw is a series of paintings and sculptures inspired by the Mandrake family tree. Each piece has a botanical theme referring to the Victorian-era means of communication called "The Language of Flowers". Various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken. The names of each person reflects this practice as well. There is an interwoven storyline connecting each character in the series, with an underlying tone of dark humor.