DescriptionIn certain cultures, the “ANIMAL” refers to a spirit which helps guide or protect a person on a journey by imbuing them with their particular characteristics -that is, their power, strengths and determination is believed to be fused into the human- transforming the person. Each of these eleven pieces represent the study of the beast in question. An examination of their individual nature. At a personal level, this process altered me. As the works progressed, the more that these animals awakened and spoke to a potent power in me. I started to see the “Animal Spirit” within myself. Today it has become cemented in me. I am better, stronger, wiser for it. Most importantly, each time I look at the Cow, Elephant, Gorilla, Rhino, Lion, Tiger, Giraffe, Zebra, Horse & Toro, I unearth more sageness of spirit. They are not one dimension, like the living animal they depict, they continue to speak to me and to alter. My intention is that the viewer will look at these paintings and open themselves to that same journey of discovery within themselves. That my paintings will become a mirror into which they uncover these hidden gifts in the own souls. ANIMALIUM, my collection of eleven paintings is the visual exercise I undertook to find the “ANIMAL” within myself in order of creation: Cow, Elephant, Gorilla, Rhino, Tiger, Lion, Giraffe, Horse, Zebra, & Toro.