United We Slay Original Mixed Media Painting

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United We Slay Original Mixed Media Painting

2,600.00

30x40 inches  |  ready to hang
acrylic, watercolor paper, India ink, 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 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, the whole gang (Slim Pickens, Jack Knife, Bluebeard and The Lady) join hands and appreciate the awe and grandeur that Devil's Tower possesses in its towering pillars of rock. This rock formation in northeastern Wyoming has always been one of my favorite places on Earth. I've climbed it's face to stand atop of it in wonder and always felt that it held a distinctly powerful presence. The Native Americans felt the same way and it inspired the Kiowa to tell a story of seven sisters who were being chased by a giant bear. They cried out for help to their gods, who reponded by thrusting this monolith of rock from the ground underneath them into the sky, where they were beyond the bear's deadly grasp. The bear continued to try and claw its way to the top, creating the enormous grooves and striations that define Devil's Tower. Eventually, the seven sisters were committed to the sky to live among the gods and they compose the constellation Pleiades, depicted in the upper right corner of the painting. To the left of the summit of Devil's Tower is Ursa Major, better known as The Big Dipper, literally translating from Latin to mean "big bear". This piece was created on my 33rd birthday and holds a lot of meaning to me. It represents my journey and how I am most powerful when I acknowledge and accept all aspects of myself with hear full of gratitude. United, we can slay anything that encounter.

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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