My Art Story
Narrative paintings tell a story, and they along with figural paintings are the focus of my oil paintings. Telling stories through paintings is informed by my past study of literature and writing: I was primarily an academic writer in literature (Slavic Studies and English), but I was not a creative writer, though I did write poems.
The Story Behind The Tower painting
My narrative paintings have symbolic meaning for me, and they also encourage viewers to see their own stories in them. The Tower (2010) is a large painting inspired by the surrealist artist Giorgio de Chirico. It resulted from working on a series of quickly done sketches that combined a globe, a tree, and a human figure. In retrospect, I see this painting as echoing my past when I turned to more to art for company rather than to people. Though I was free and had the time as a teen and young adult to explore and enjoy to imaginary worlds in sci-fi books and comics, my Tower so to speak, yet I was lonely.
The Story Behind the painting In the World of the Ouroboros
In the World of the Ouroboros uses the symbol of infinity, renewal and rebirth, a snake biting its own tail. In the tangle of giant snakes and undulating forms, a pair of figures have found calm.
To read more about the stories behind my paintings and art, see my book of essays that I have published: https://www.amazon.com/Inner-Journeys-Search-Self-Meditations/dp/1790123488