Original Paintings in Watercolor, Ink, and Acrylic

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Orchid of Antinous

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Orchid of Antinous


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About OrchidofAntinous

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Original Paintings in Watercolor, Ink, and Acrylic

I have noticed that over time my works go through different stages in which I would focus on a particular colour, story, or theme. I am much inspired by mythology and the mystery surrounding ancient civilizations. One of my aspirations is to read as many of the world's classics as I can before I die, learning from diverse cultures; from Japan's 'Tale of Genji' to Homer's 'Iliad'. I also enjoy local folklore and fairytales and how they were used to pass on important teachings or explain the unknown; mankind's early ventures into science and the pursuit of wisdom, the ancient alchemists and philosophers.

My second aspiration is to see as much of the world as I can before the end of my days. I have traveled to Italy, Germany, France, Thailand, Spain, Prague, England, Mexico, Belarus, Scotland -- taking my sketchbook wherever I went. Lately I have been particularly captivated by lore from the Isle of Sky -- it is like a dreamland on Earth and I long to return to it. Each of my journeys has affected me deeply and has left me with an impression of the beauty of our world.

I find that painting is not only a form of expression for me but a way of thinking as there are certain things that cannot be put into words. Through art I become a part of something that would otherwise be out of reach; a beautiful place I had seen in a dream, a photograph of a person that I find captivating but could never meet, a memory that is growing blurry -- when I create a painting they become a part of me and are fixed in time. I have interacted with them but in a different way than if I had been there or had met them.

Many of my works are very personal in nature, having helped me understand and cope with difficult times in my life, others are very playful and experimental, like a dance. While I paint I often listen to music or a book being read out loud in the background, I like the effect that this has on the final work as part of its story and mood merges with the painting.

I enjoy versatility in art, beginning with bold energetic strokes and then refining them with beautiful details as one would carve a stone. Having what some might call a distraction while I paint helps me feel uninhibited, making my works fearless and intuitive. I think it is important to remove the second pair of eyes from what we are doing; what they may think or feel about our work.

I believe art is valuable when it is genuine and from the heart. Art has always been a source of freedom for me and an escape from a nine to five world.

Thank you for visiting my gallery and taking the time to learn more about my method and inspirations. If you have any questions I am always happy to hear from you.

Best Wishes,


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