"Warriors Waiting", Monotype Print with gold Leaf mounted to panel.
“Whatever you are physically...male or female, strong or weak, ill or
healthy--all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If
you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other
things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.”
I am currently reading and enjoying Clockwork Angel, Cassandre Clare's book one of "The Infernal Devices". I think I enjoy it because her Nephalem and Demoncharacters are heroes with weaknesses and shortcomings. They are flawed and therefore real in their struggle to overcome plot circumstance (life). There is an edge of realism in the
struggle with oneself that is missing when a Hero is too complete and is inspirational when a character that we identify with is, like us, not perfect.
My Monotype Print, "Warriors Waiting" explores conflict of heart and duty in the hours before an ordained circumstance.
The Vashon Heritage Museum has hosted the award winning exhibit "In and Out, Being LGBTQ on Vashon Island" since June of 2019. Originally slated to run until March of 2020 it's been on exhibit until this week, September 6, 2021. I'm honored to have been asked to create five window panels for the exhibit and be a part of the creative process envisioned by Deb Phillimore, Ellen Kritzman. Stephen Silha, Jesica De Wire, Bruce Haulman and the inspired advisory board they assembled. We all identify with the music of our time. I asked friends to share the music they identified as significant in their lives, relationships and coming out story. Their music inspired the monotype/collagraph prints with cut and printed wood sculpture that became the Let's All Dance window panels for the exhibit. The panels were each 68 x 36 in. and titled (in the order above) Small Town Boy, The Band Played On, Let's All Dance, Anthem and Break Free. Here's a wonderful video and
This evening I am posting an image of my (still a little wet) painting, Achilles Complex . It will be exhibited for sale in my studio during the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour. When Thetis became convinced that her son Achilles would die if drafted into war with Troy she hid him on the island of Scyros, disguised as a girl, among the daughters of Lycomedes. (Imagine a young Brad Pitt in a dress.) The Roman poet Statius wrote about the repressed Achilles, his sexual awakening among his “sisters” and the subsequent end to his feminine masquerade by Ulysses in his poem “The Achilleid.” Based on this mythic evidence psychiatrist Demetrian Delias suggests that the violence and aggression that the adult Achilles manifests might be traced to trauma that began during this pre-Oedipal period. The person who suffers from an Achilles Complex is dominated by sadistic, murderous impulses that may be turned against the self or may ultimately be enacted against others. Achilles Complex