Moth portraits, intimate views of night visitors.

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Last updated on Dec 7, 2019

Our night visitors brought to light.



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About MothPaintings

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I paint large portraits of moths. Now, I offer hand colored prints of my paintings.

Moths are nocturnal creatures and so are inherently mysterious. Since their intricate patterns and colors are rarely observed in casual encounters at the porch light, I paint them large. It is intimate. I have encountered each of these moths at my home near Charlottesville, Virginia. They are collected, and then they spend the night in my refrigerator in order to slow them down for their photo shoot the next day. Afterward each is released in excellent condition. There are thousands of species of moths locally and I am looking forward to painting their nearly endless variety. You can find me any warm night hovering in the lure of the light just like the moths.
A Mary Oliver quote: Instructions for living a life- Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.

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  • Deborah


    I studied art at VCU. Now, I live in the woods painting and exploring. I want this work to spark conversations about eco systems and relationships among living things. I hope these paintings instill a sense of awe and wonder in the viewer.

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