Calling Time, 2010, oil on board, 32" x 32"

Calling Time, 2010, oil on board, 32" x 32"

“Calling Time” is the tale of Luna, a large night moth that lives for only one night. Its only purpose, to find another of its kind and to mate, is so singular that it has no mouthparts – it cannot eat. The female sends out a chemical signal, the male scans with his antennae for the signal – their nocturnal search for each other is known as “The Calling Time.” If successful, the moth will be reborn to repeat same ritual. What is the essence that carries forth from one form to another, from one being to another? What kind of creature is this – is it one or is it many? The portal is a time tunnel, an opening for transmissions between generations.

Sexton Beetles, 2009, oil on board, 16" x 16"

Sexton Beetles, 2009, oil on board, 16" x 16"

“Sexton Beetles” is an insect narrative of transmigration. Adult beetles are drawn to carrion, which they bury in an underground chamber. Their carefully tended larva then feed on the carrion. The underground chamber is both tomb and birth chamber. It is a place of conversion – from death into life. Through the physical change of form, the life force is transferred from one form to another. Crow becomes beetle. The story is taking place within the underworld but a portal opens to the living, or upper world.

Carpenter Bee, 2008, oil on board, 16" x 16"

Carpenter Bee, 2008, oil on board, 16" x 16"