I Made It Through the Wilderness


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pen and ink on paper, black and white

I Made It Through the Wilderness

Inspired by the lyrics from Madonna's Like a Virgin, I Made It Through the Wilderness is a personal allegory about finding peace and safety following time spent in confusion and fear. As always the heroine is accompanied by her cat, and guided by ravens.

- One of a kind drawing
- 24" wide X 18" tall
- Pen and Ink on Bristol paper

About the "Witches, Cats and Kimonos" series

Water Nymph of the Russian River is part of a series called Witches, Cats and Kimonos. I don’t think about the witches in my art as the stereotypical pointy hat and broomstick type, even though I love that style. They are powerful female archetypes who love and protect nature. I also think of them as goddesses, spirits, nymphs, and elementals. I’ve appropriated the Christian halo to emphasize divinity of both the female figure and the cat. The cat is omnipresent in this collection because of my love of cats and how I’ve made a conscious decision to always have a cat in my life. The woman and the cat are partners like a witch and her familiar, and they journey through life together. The last word in the title of the series, kimono, does not refer strictly to that garment, even though they are heavily influenced by the Japanese kimono. I dress my women is outfits that reflect their character. The dresses are decorative, but also tell a story incorporating animals, plants, and planets.

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