Elk Line in the Old Studio

Elk-line and Deer-pattern

Deer and elk are common creatures that penetrate our urbanized world. They are watchful; their gaze demands your attention in hopes that you, the viewer, will then follow them into their natural world. The path is not clear but blocked by layers of filigree and decorative distractions. I have been painting deer for the last four years. This series has evolved to be about the exploration of tension between layers of subject and background, space and pattern, hard and soft. Begging the questions: When does nature become over taken by artifice? When does art become decoration?