Grasslands #3

18" x 24", oil on wood panel, 2014



About the Grasslands Series: The Chimerical Beings are seeking and at the same time stunned with awe by what they perceive. Adept in their grassy world, they creep about and stare, observing things through leafy openings that are sometimes pulled back like curtains. Other times, an eerie light shines through a cleft in the brush.




Grasslands #7

24" x 18", oil on wood panel, 2014



What happens there in the breach, if we could observe it, remains so alien to our trained mind that even the wise viewer who loves art and science and technology cannot imagine what they might behold. If given the opportunity to converse with these chimerical creatures, we could piece together how they and their world came into existence. Since they are clearly part human, we would learn about our own involvement in their alchemical creation.





Grasslands #8

24" x 18", oil on wood panel, 2014






Grasslands #5

18" x 24", oil on wood panel, 2014


I had been looking at photos of an underwater excavation in Egypt's Aboukir Bay, near Alexandria. The sunken city was rediscovered in 2000 by French archaeologist Dr. Franck Goddio and a team from the European Institute for Underwater Acheology. They photographed many statues including a sphinx which inspired me to use the image as the mysterious figure obscured by rusty colored fibers, parted here by the hands of a chimerical bird being.







Grasslands Cheetah

18" x 24", acrylic on paper, 2014

The Cheetah is a unique animal, a clone of itself. All Cheetahs have the exact same DNA so you can skin one from Africa and graft its pelt onto one from Asia and there would be no rejection issue at all! Not only is this animal an exact clone of itself, it is also a genetic combination of a dog and a cat. It has a dog-like mentality. It has dog-like feet. Its claws are not retractable as is the case with cats. This is a design for speed, making it the fastest land animal in the world.


The Cheetah's body is similar to that of a Greyhound, and like a dog, it has short-haired fur. It sits like a dog and it suffers from both dog and cat diseases. Yet, science classifies it as a feline. The evidence points to a genetically manufactured species. Now add to that the history of Pharaohs and Kings using the Cheetah as a companion hunting animal, the first animal domesticated, and it all gets very curious. Hence, one has to question the very existence of this animal on our planet!







Grasslands Rabbit

18" x 24", acrylic on canvas, 2014


I had been having friendly exchanges with a rabbit that liked to forage near my back door. He seemed to hang around at roughly the same time each day during a two week period. When I would venture outside with my knife in hand to cut some chives, or cilantro, or sorrel for a dish I was cooking, I would bend down and suddenly he would spring out from his refuge amoung the herb patch. But he would not hop away in fright, he would sit next to me, affably, and then I would talk to him and gaze into his yellow- ochre eye. As you can see here, my little friend became the subject of a Chimerical Being in the Grasslands Series.






Grasslands No.4

16" x 16", oil on wood panel, 2014


 The beast you see behind the fiborous curtain resembles a person suffering from Hypertrichosis, or the werewolf syndrome, but it is more likely a genetically engineered organism. The hands are rather ambiguous, appearing to belong to the creature, or they could be those of another being. All is fair in the world of chimera and their cohorts.






Grasslands #1

12" x 16", oil on wood panel, 2014


 This is the first painting in my Grasslands Series. The hairy leg is reminiscent of a leg I painted in a collage piece more than 30 years ago when I was taking classes at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I remember other young people really liked the hairy leg in that piece, which is long gone and probably deteriorated in a land fill. Well, it resurfaced here in all its glory and I am happy to say that I do not think it will fade away this time.





Grasslands #2

12" x 16", oil on wood panel, 2014






Grasslands #6

12" x 16", oil on wood panel, 2014

This painting is more water-like than grass-like, but it follows the theme present in the Grasslands Series. The water is like the grass in that it forms a habitat hiding secret images and alternate realities. A chimerical being finds herself peering into a pool of water as she uses her hands to create vortices. Simultaneously, the viewer gazes at her, while creating their own vortices.





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