36" x 36" | ready to hang | mixed media on Baltic birch with silver leaf
The subject: a starry night sky enveloping two figures that are emblematic of the West, but also of the spirit of adventure, innovation & creativity. The base layers of the painting marry pages from an old copy of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman along with illustrations from treasured botanical illustrations.
"Poetry, luna moths, images of trout, & symbolic crystals are embedded throughout the paintings, with the figures emerging from the quilt of symbols." -Patricia