The first summer I came up to the Yukon to paint, I was overwhelmed by the light. By contrast black things became especially beautiful to me
- a black bear, a man with black hair, and of course, the ravens.
They're the perfect accent to the summer's brilliance or the snow's whiteness, year-round.
When I look at a raven, the raven looks back. I feel like we're gazing at each other as equals. I can't fly, but the bird can't drive stick. If I'm
stealing something from a raven by using its image it's nothing a raven wouldn't be perfectly willing to steal from me.
As I paint a raven, it takes on a life of its own. I work from photographs, but I can do several paintings from the same photo. That reference
information only guides some details. It provides fuel for the individual raven personality of each painting to catch.
When I paint a raven, the paint has to include some of the wildness intrinsic to the bird. Encaustic is a medium which also has a mind of its
own, so it's great to paint ravens in. But whether it's the colours revealed in a drip of acrylic, or partly blended swirling in oil, that wild edge in
the paint is indispensable to the presence I’m trying to evoke.
Some available raven paintings will be shown below. You can also find my ravens at:
The Yukon Artists @ Work Gallery in Whitehorse, YT
The Yukon Art Society Gallery, Whitehorse YT
The Down to Earth Gallery in Yellowknife, NT
XC Art Restoration, Toronto ON
and seasonally, in the summer, at the Forty Mile Gold Gallery in Dawson City, YT
and Alaska Artworks in Skagway, Alaska
or simply contact me.
Click here to read a fun article about ravens illustrated with my paintings.
Raven checking out a bike with shocks, sold
oil on black gessoed panel
Lookin' at you
oil on 12x12" panel
Tentative. Ink on claybord, sealed. 5x7" $190
Serena. Ink on Claybord, sealed. 5x7" $190
Click here for information about
"Scavenging for the Many Faces of
Raven, a collaboration with Teresa
Vander Meer Chassé