Yes, I was horse-crazy when I was a child! My love for these big beasties continues to this day. I had the great good fortune to ride as a young teen (hunter/jumper), and again as a middle-age adult (dressage). Power, grace, dignity, playfulness, intelligence - all words people use when they also love this animal - and qualities I hope I've captured in these artworks.
I've been an avid animal lover for as long as I can remember! And while I'm particularly fascinated with the critters that live on the African continent, I'm rather fond of those native to my own North America as well.
Living in Italy as a young teenager exposed me to Greek and Roman artwork in a personal way, as it adorned almost every building in every city and village, and filled many of the museums and sites of interest we visited during my family's stay. I just can't resist the chance to reinterpret those classical themes.
In exploring the power of the feminine, I envisioned a beautiful African Woman, serene and confident in the knowledge and grace of her True Identity, receiving a blessing of acceptance and recognition from her animal guide and guardian.
Some people see this and want to call it "taste test"! No doubt I would hesitate to put my face next to an actual wild lion, but as a symbol of feminine grace aligning with wild power, this speaks volumes to me.
Originally a watercolor painting, something kept pushing me to give her a second life as sculpture.