Nymph and Her Children
This surrealist landscape painting began as a simple painting of water, one of my favorite subjects, but when it was done, I did not think it was very interesting, and I wanted to incorporate some images that had popped up during painting. This is a departure for me in terms of style. Almost everything I've done up to this point has been either straight landscape or abstract. Surreal landscape is an area I would like to explore further. This painting is my first step in that direction.
I grew up seeing classical paintings of Greek myths but always had the feeling that the deities and spirits portrayed in them did not look anything like their painted images, much as YHVH does not look like an old man on a throne. But how might they really look? The otherness of the gods is one reason why in the past I have portrayed them abstractly. But I thought I might try a form that was completely unexpected, simply because I believe as mortals we can't really comprehend the shape of the divine or of spirits. I chose the mossy form because the long hair of nymphs or sirens is often mentioned. Although this canvas is larger than I have been working lately, the greater size was not an issue. Still, this painting was quite a challenge for me. I modified it a good many times before I was happy with it.
The original acrylic painting is 18 x 24"/46 x 61cm on canvas. The giclee prints are 12 x 16"/30 x 41cm on 100% cotton archival fine art paper, colors are matched to the original by the artist, and they are signed on the back.