These paintings arise simply from my love of drawing animals.   Many of the works in this ongoing series, painted on the covers of vintage encyclopedias, combine my passion for literature and illustration with the pleasure of drawing animals. The power and mystery of a book, with unknown content hidden behind the cover, are important to the meaning of the work.  The idea of illustration as art harkens back to my childhood, as pictures in books were an early exposure to the importance of visual language.
 
Another influence is the mythic, iconic power of animals.  Beasts play an important role in fairy tales and myths worldwide.   Animals are represented as talismans, tokens and totems in every culture.  An image from childhood that has remained with me is the German fairy tale, The Bremen Town Musicians. This story with its narrative of stacked animals was especially intriguing.  This image symbolizes nature in balance, and the importance of each small part contributing to the health of the whole.
 
 
Cover Stories
Elephant, Elk, Fox;
Ink on paper, 24” x 30”
Hare, Swan, Mtn. Lion, Bighorn;  24” x 30”
Polar Bear, Fox, Swan;
ink on paper, 24” x 30”
Pronghorn, Hares, Ravens, toads; Ink on Paper 24” x 30”
Rhino, Alligator, Toucan, Rooster; 24” x 30”
Bear, Elephant;  Acrylic on vintage book cover, 10” x 7.5”
Bear, Fox, Killdeer; Acrylic on vintage book cover, 10” x 7.5”
Bighorn, Toucan, Rabbit; Acrylic on vintage book cover 10” x 7.5”
Bison, Fox; Acrylic on vintage book cover, 10” x 7.5”
Bear, Pronghorn, Owl; Acrylic on vintage book cover, 10” x 7.5”
Giraffe, Jaguar; Acrylic on vintage book cover, 10” x 7.5”
Goat, Hare; Acrylic on vintage book cover, 10” x 7.5”
Lynx, Hare, Raven; Acrylic on vintage book cover, 10” x 7.5”
Moose, Javelina, Hare; Acrylic on vintage book cover
Moose, Rooster, Turtle; Acrylic on vintage book cover 10” x 7.5”
Mtn Lion, Fox, Heron; Acrylic on vintage book cover
Mtn. Lion, Polar Bear, Hare; Acrylic on vintage book cover 10” x 7.5”
Polar Bear, Fox, Swan; Acrylic on vintage book cover
Proghorn, Toads, Canada Goose; 10” x 7.5”
Rhino, Alligator, Toucan; Acrylic on vintage book cover 10” x 7.5”
2009