This painting is the first in a series I'm starting based on the convergence of memory, time and place. One of my most vivid memories is watching Mt. St. Helens erupt out my living room window on the morning of May 18, 1980 when I was a teenager, and then visiting the charred landscape soon afterwards, which resembled a foreboding moonscape. Juxtaposing this cataclysmic event with lilies and a peacock, both symbols of purity and beauty respectively, allowed me to create a narrative that speaks to the uncertainty and awe I felt at the time.
Having visited Mt. St. Helens many times since, it has exploded with life as a testament to the healing power of nature. Do you have a story to tell about Mt. St. Helens? I would love to hear about it.
Fog Woman is a Tlingit Native American tale of a beautiful woman who appears mysteriously out of the fog, delivering salmon and sustenance to Raven. I was intrigued with the idea of putting this Native American myth in a modern context.Comment on or Share this Article →