THE WILD BOAR PAINTINGS BEGAN HERE:
“I am fairly certain that there is an animal living inside of me. I don’t mean this metaphorically, I mean this actually. There is a real wild animal living inside of me.”
This hairy, murky, somewhat unknowable beast emerged unprovoked from a deep, dark place. It was all a bit frightening, yet very exciting as the tale of this wild animal emerged. This process of (self?) discovery began with those few short lines. After having travelled with this one page story to New Mexico for a 3-month residency in the winter of 2015, my intention was to create a major shift in my work through an on-going series of paintings illustrating this story. Needless to say, that is not exactly what happened. The subject of the Wild Boar found its way into all of my paintings – yet without the text. The Wild Beast insisted on it very own structure, it’s own separate and distinct narrative in the form of a book. So, being subservient to the beast and more than a little bit curious, I gave in to the power of the BEAST and allow it to guid me through the process of reinvented myself through these paintings.