Artist Statement for Forest Guardian Series:
Remember that we are of the earth.
There is a legend among the tribes of South America that there are
plant spirits that look humanoid. They guard the forest and its
secrets. I have a friend who saw one once. She said it looked like a
I saw an aboriginal painting of a
family. The mother had branches that spread out and connected to all
her family members. The Hawaiians liken the family to the Taro plant
and it's intertwined roots. Ohana means family, the root word oha
refers to the roots of the Taro, the staff of life.
These stories link us to the plant
word and so do my paintings. I wish to celebrate and protect our
connection to the world. I created the
Forest Guardian Series to
illustrate this message.
These are pyrographic (wood burning) works on wood panel. Painted in Oils.
My first painting,
Guardian”, is of girl warrior who looks beseechingly at the viewer.
She is strong and fragile like our tenuous connection to nature. On
her head is a bird's nest
|Thousand Years Solitude, oil, 11x14 |
“Thousand Years of Solitude”. The woman is immortal, made of flesh and alabaster. She keeps her face to the sunshine. She's waited to long that weaver birds make a nest of her hair and fungi grow like a gowns ruffles. When will she wake? What wisdom would she bring us of the silent forest?
|Tree Spirit 8x16"|