Alcyone's Long Dark Night: mixed media 24” x 48”
       
     
Alcyone Leaps and is Transformed: mixed media 30” x 48”
       
     
Alcyone Dives to Ceyx: mixed media
       
     
Tree Rings: mixed media 30” x 30”
       
     
Arm/Wing: mixed media 14” x 38”
       
     
Alcyone's Long Dark Night: mixed media 24” x 48”
       
     
Alcyone's Long Dark Night: mixed media 24” x 48”

For years I have immersed myself in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and most of the pieces in this exhibit take as a starting point Ovid’s story of Ceyx and Alcyone. Alcyone is haunted by dreams predicting the shipwreck and drowning of her beloved Ceyx.

Alcyone Leaps and is Transformed: mixed media 30” x 48”
       
     
Alcyone Leaps and is Transformed: mixed media 30” x 48”

When she sees a body floating far out to sea, she takes a flying leap into the water, and in mid-air begins to transform into a bird. Most of these pieces contain a more powerful mix of emotions than my previous work. The splashes of red, the sharpness of beaks, the darkness of layered depths, the oddness of some of the images, all speak to the pain and conflict that is an essential part of change. These aspects are balanced by the sensuous richness of color and texture.

Alcyone Dives to Ceyx: mixed media
       
     
Alcyone Dives to Ceyx: mixed media

At the moment at which she reaches Ceyx and swoops down to him he transforms into a bird also and the are partnered forever. This work is about the processes of change in all of us. We take a leap, grow wings, escape one life, emerge into a new self.

Tree Rings: mixed media 30” x 30”
       
     
Tree Rings: mixed media 30” x 30”

This passage from The Tempest, learnt by heart in grade school, haunts me and underlies the SeaChanges exhibition.

Arm/Wing: mixed media 14” x 38”
       
     
Arm/Wing: mixed media 14” x 38”

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made:
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.