I have an intense fascination with the way in which human beings think about animals. Their forms are hijacked, and they become surrogates for our ideas, stories, and symbols, despite their inherent isolation from the human species’ thought process. The true animal becomes more and more removed from our consciousness and is replaced by something artificial; a chimera of images and ideas gleaned from cartoons, fables, wildlife documentaries, museum dioramas, and zoos.
My current paintings present the viewer with bodies and backgrounds separated from intentional symbolism or allegory. The animals I paint are misrepresentations of their real life counterparts, they instead display a form that is complete artifice.