Spider Rock Original Mixed Media Painting

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Spider Rock Original Mixed Media Painting

2,600.00

24x48 inches  |  ready to hang
acrylic, watercolor paper, soluble copper, graphite on stained birch panel

Tall Tales tell the stories of my life thus far: the experiences, dreams, fears and aspirations that I've collected in my 33 years of adventure. The lanky-limbed characters spin a collective yarn, uniting the viewer and artist in an unfolding tale of an artist's life.

The series puts an introspective and contemporary twist on western art. I create fictional characters and root them in the nonfiction narrative of my life, bridging the divide between reality and my imagination. The mixed media paintings feature four characters that represent different aspects of my identity: Slim Pickens, Bluebeard, Jack Knife and The Lady. Read more about the series >

In this piece Spider Rock is an 800 ft towering monolith of rock in the Canyon de Chelly in northeastern Arizona. I first read about it in Blood and Thunder by Hamilton Sides (an INCREDIBLE epic of the American West) and was taken aback by its power and the stories that it inspired. In particular, the Din'eh (Navajo) held it in high regard as the home of one of their holy people, Spider Woman. According to legend, Spider Woman was the one who taught the Din'eh how to weave their beautiful blankets and lives atop Spider Rock. In this painting, I placed The Lady atop Spider Rock, her calm posture and cool demeanor emanating to all below.

Tall Tales is both a contemporary spin on western imagery and a glimpse into the fiber of my being. These energetic mixed media paintings are full of life and sure to inspire conversations about the tales that they tell, both tall and true.

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