This painting is 24 x 24, a small format for me, but the smaller size creates a more intimate, emotional exchange with the viewer. I began, as is often the case, without a plan. Layering colors over a burnt orange ground, I envisioned a fragile, beautiful figure emerging from the darkness into a soft beam of light on the water.
The viewer is free to imagine and interpret. Is the bird offering solace to a sole person trapped by flood? Is the man offering safe landing for the bird? Or perhaps they are drawn to each other by the “aloneness” of each, connected by the life force that flows through all nature’s beings.