animal study / animal medicine



Here are the last two small studies of an animal series, a vertebrate and an invertebrate.

The hummingbird is an animal with a backbone – more accurate – it has a well-developed internal skeleton.  Vertebrates have a complex body and for my work – make for an opaque focal point. The red In above detail represents muscle tissue, the white is bone.

The butterfly below – an invertebrate – has no back bone. Compared to my other work it seems more transparent. I’m surprised to learn 98% of animals are invertebrates. Other attributes: small and slow-moving, no back bone (no internal skeleton at all), and no cell walls.

…no cell walls!?



This series of 4 (I’ve shown you 2 details in earlier posts)  are on panel. I laid in collage and carefully rendered shapes with graphite and casein. All these creatures are found in Arizona. And as the earlier post suggests, could have been found in my studio.  Each painting is finished with several coats of varnish.

These are for an invitational exhibition at Shemer – AZ MicroArt to coincIde with AZ MicroDwell (alternative spaces for simple living).pollinators

… now think animal medicine …
The hummingbird associated with guidance – is a light in the darkness. The butterfly supports transformation. Both connect to joy. The bee symbolizes work, community and communication. And the beetle surrenders to change, and is known for its adaptability.

Studying a Hercules Beetle
Bee Study

bee study

To make one pound of honey,  bees in a colony must visit 2 million flowers, fly over 55,000 miles and will be the lifetime work of approximately 300 bees.



Pollinators are what ecologists call keystone species. You know how an arch has a keystone. It’s the one stone that keeps the two halves of the arch together. If you remove the keystone, the whole arch collapses.
-May Berenbaum, PhD, Entomologist. From Silence of the Bees, PBS Nature.

No bees, no pollination, no plants, no animals, no humans, no life.  Albert Einstein.

So work with the honey bee, creatures that by a rule of nature, teach the art of order to mankind. William Shakespeare:

it’s all intimate

I start with a general outline, lay in the underlying structure and out of that surfaces everything else.


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I created a 4 minute video that shows various layers in the process.

The exhibition – Sex, A Woman’s Perspective @ Frontal Lobe, on Grand Ave – runs for the month of September. Also includes an opening reception, Sept 6th from 6-10 (First Friday) ; a closing reception on Sept 20th (Third Friday); and a Collector’s Tour sponsored by Artlink on September 21st.

Note: I continue to use the sound that artist/musician Joe Willie Smith and I created a few years ago. I think it’s a bit loud at the end. I’m amused, so  I leave it as it is.
lower volume if need be.