Poetic Portraits

“In the last analysis, most of our difficulties come from our losing contact with our instincts.”

Carl G. Jung, 1936

Poetic Portraits

A series of work employing hybrid human/animal figures of folklore or mythology that embody instinct with consciousness, Poetic Portraits explores the relationship of our kinship with the animal world. The soul nature of animals links us to the embodiment awareness of ourselves and honors the role animals play in shaping the tenets of the human experience.

Shinobi Naku (Silent cry), 16×20, Acrylic
What bitter sorrow courses down
Yon mourner's faded cheek?
Those scalding drops betray a grief
Within, too full to speak.
Outspoken words cannot express
The pangs, the pains of years;
They're ne'er so deep or eloquent
As are those silent tears

-Henry Kendall, Australian poet 1839-1882
Enigma, 24×12, Acrylic
She does not shy
away from the moon
for both of these
beings are beautiful.

-Atticus Li 
Rise Again, 16×20, Acrylic
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes, 
You may cut me with your hatefulness, 
But still, like air, I'll rise.

-Maya Angelou, Still I rise, 1978
I’m Your Man, 24×12, Acrylic
Ah, the moon's too bright
The chain's too tight
The beast won't go to sleep
I've been running through these promises to you
That I made and I could not keep.

-Leonard Cohen, I'm Your Man, 1988
Facing the Dragon, 24 x 36, Acrylic
As you go the way of life
You will see a great chasm.
Jump.
It is not as wide as you think.

-Joseph Campbell, 1904-1987