Behind the Eyes of a Dog

The inspiration for this body of work comes from the way dogs looks at you with intense concentration as if trying to understand your words or thoughts. I am intrigued by the intelligence and extreme focus in their eyes and the depth of their concentration as well as their beautiful noses, detecting smells we cannot even acknowledge.

All dogs evolved from mother wolf, and I suggest that by blending of images the dog with his kind and his forbearers. Embracing collage techniques, I collect countless pictures of dogs and wolves from old discarded books and magazines. As I begin each piece, I select several hundred of these images based on color and value; I cut out each one and adhere it to the canvas surface. When grouped together, these tiny pictures form a much larger image, the crux of the composition. My style is loose and suggestive with painted detail reserved for eyes and nose.



 

I ask the viewer to experience each painting at a distance, and then, as they approach, discover the hundreds of elements which make up the piece. In so doing, the viewer develops a new awareness and admiration for the beauty and intelligence of the wolf. They should ponder evolution and the hundreds of breeds of companions we enjoy today, all descended from the wolf. I want them to treasure the wolf as they do their dogs.

Wolf/Dog Series III
Wolf/Dog Series III

30x24 mixed media collage on 1 1/2" deep gallery wrap canvas

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Decendant
Decendant

12x12 mixed media collage on 1 1/2" deep gallery wrap canvas, framed with black floater frame

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Progression
Progression

18x18 mixed media collage on 1 1/2" deep gallery wrap canvas, framed with black floater frame

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Progeny
Progeny

12x12 mixed media collage on 1 1/2" deep gallery wrap canvas, framed with black floater frame

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Wold/Dog Series I
Wold/Dog Series I

36x48 mixed media collage on 1 1/2" deep gallery wrap canvas

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Window into the Past
Window into the Past

40x30 mixed media collage on 1 1/2" deep gallery wrap canvas, framed with black floater frame

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Retrospective
Retrospective

40x30 mixed media collage on 1 1/2" deep gallery wrap canvas, framed with black floater frame

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Who's Afraid?
Who's Afraid?

40x30 mixed media collage on 1 1/2" deep gallery wrap canvas, framed with black floater frame sold

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Wolf/Dog Series II
Wolf/Dog Series II

18x18 mixed media collage on 1 1/2" deep gallery wrap canvas

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