Employing nearly life-size portraits of my horses as a point of departure, my work explores not only my relationships with them, but also investigates a symbolic narrative for transitions we experience in life. The large-scale woodcut and drawing-based mixed media pieces speak of change, migration, turning inward as well as outward, and as a study of relationships with some of the animals in my life.
The image of the tundra swan has been a recurrent theme in my work for over a decade. Tundra swans migrate from Chesapeake Bay to the Arctic each spring, and can be faintly heard overhead as they fly as high as 20,000 feet above us. Their journey can be completed in about a week as they catch the jet stream’s strong wind currents. In the fall, they reverse the voyage. Their mysterious, millennia-old knowledge captivates me, and I find their courage and strength astounding and inspiring.
While I cannot always initially explain the metaphor of the image, the meaning and interpretation of my work eventually reveals itself to me. It is through working — in my studio, with my horses, dogs, and our other animals, and in the woods and on rivers and lakes — that I gain understanding of myself, and ultimately our human relationship to the increasingly threatened and fragile natural world.