The Silent Scream of the The Mighty Hippo is a mystery. Why did she step upon a pedestal to let out a blood curtling cry? Was it her 15 minutes of fame? Was she seeking justice for past wrongs done to her? Was it a shout of the spirit? To hear it, is to understand her.
The Happy Hippo, 20" tall, wood, paint 2014
Massive and steady, yet vain and self- conscious, The Happy Hippo was late to the party because she had to get a pedicure. Her girth and width belie the hard worker that she is. She never misses a chance to make someone else smile.
Puma Senorita, 36" tall, loro wood, 2014
Standing tall and proud, Puma Senorita is a very classy lady. She is of royal heritage three times over. Her blood lines run directly from the jaguar, the tiger and the puma into one extraordinary woman. The serpent that decorates the hem of her dress, represents the full circle of her life's journey: daughter, mother, grandma.
Hippo Goddess, 21" tall, locust wood, 2013With her mouth wide open, she releases the agonizing cry of her inner demons. Her primal scream does not fall on deaf ears. This is a battle hymn to her sisters, who struggle daily, against the silence.
She can hit the highest notes in her arias and shake the opera house with her mighty voice. She is a Diva in her viking helmet sporting cow horns and two long blond braids, with breast plates of armor.
Panda bear is a bit rotund yet stylish in haute couture. She resembles the cute, adorable animals from China as much as the Venus of Willendorf. Stuck in between the wild mountain forests and domestic captivity, she wears her fur as an adornment of her native culture amidst the current lack thereof.
Homage to H. C. Westerman, and his impenetrable nature. His work is enigmatic. His art is outside the canon and in it. In this piece, the juxtaposition of metallic paint and natural wood grain seemed like an anomaly: like H.C. Westerman himself.
The Walrus Mother does not vie for dominance over territory like the males of her species in an act of brutal strength. She IS the center of the family and she holds court forthrightly. Intellectually dominant, she controls the whims of her children to suit her wishes and they hover close to the warmth of her body, competing for the chance to bask in her love.
The golden lionness sports a mane as fine as the male lion’s mane but red, as a blaze of fire. She wears full length white gloves and a long flowing dress, fitting for the queen of the jungle.
Pregnant Kangaroo is due any day now. From the looks of her jumper, she is about ready to pop with Baby joey. He is a boy, no doubt. She will bear the first grandchild of her generation with this birth.
Tiger frog wears the stripes of both species. As a child of today's world, she
spends more time in front of a computer monitor than out catching flies in the peat bog. But her instincts are intact for white stockings, sling backs and short frocks. A Buddhist in a western world, she takes to Christianity like a cat to water.
Black Sheep is a female version of Amun, the ram headed god of life. She is also created as an homage to Mrs. Larz Anderson, dressed in a style of a former era with elbow length gauntlets and winter colors. Isabel sports appropriate garb for motoring with ear muffs and leather gloves- she is dignity embodied.
Honey Bear can think of nothing but her next meal, which is, red salmon. The thought fills her mind, dances in her dreams, leads her around by the nose, occupies her every thought and is always with her.
Red Panda is often misunderstood or mixed up with the raccoon. Yet she is a separate and distinct breed of her cute fuzzy cousin, bearing only the slightest resemblance to the world’s most lovable animal.
White Sow is a visualization of a literary idea. According to Robert Graves, the White Sow appears in druidic riddles and Celtic poetry, but who is she and what does she look like? The animal who resides at the heart of every woman. I think she would be the utmost she can be, even if it is a compromise, dignified if not beautiful.
Alligator Goddess was created from a single piece of driftwood that I cut in half to make her head and her body. The vertebrae are cut from dowels. Like art deco ornaments of another era, she is of a reptilian mind.
The elk goddess was created for the now extinct Irish elk who once roamed all of Europe. Her antlers were too big to run through the forest and eventually she became unable to outrun her predators.