ABOUT: In Greek mythology, Hades is god of the dead, king of the underworld. Here I’ve used the mirror to represent the entrance to that other world. The mask, studded garters and wristbands seemed fitting for this god. Hades is one of my series on Gods, Demons, and Scoundrels focusing predominantly on the Greek gods and goddesses. These characters are so rich and engaging to work on.
ABOUT: Sophia is a professional dancer and we can see this in the way she positions herself. She is very creative in the forms she creates. I like the tension made by the angel pulling . . . what? Is she pulling souls into heaven? What is at the other end of the rope?
ABOUT: Here I was working with a new model, her first time posing. She has great body awareness. She was also going through some big changes in her life and the butterfly wings and skull seemed appropriate to express this ‘metamorphosis.’ As Buddhist tell us, life is in continual flux. Yet, we seem to experience periods of more turbulence than others. I think this was a satisfying session for both of us. It’s so nice to work with a more mature model
ABOUT: The kiss as a subject has long inspired artists, often with references to intimacy, passion, first love, long-lasting love, and so on and on. Here is the kiss of death. Is it an embrace of death, or rather an acceptance of all the stages and phases of our life, and what comes next? For me, the painting is a celebration.
ABOUT: Phones are ubiquitous, recording the moment to moment phases of our lives. The ability to photograph and video ourselves with such immediacy leads me to contemplate how we might record our own passing. Will me use our devices to audition for our place in heaven?