Venus Transit Series, 2009-2012.

The paintings from this series, The Venus Transit, juxtaposed art historical references with popular culture. The paintings are concerned with societies' disregard for the environment, animal rights, the power of women, and the conflicts in our society, approached with a sense of humor. A recurring subtext in my work is the violence behind facades and the element of fate and chance in our lives. Many of the elements in Dragon's Gorge such as the woman on the tractor, the dynamic sky and the dragons, were images I discovered when we visited China in 2007. Venus Transit was an astronomical occurrence that happened in the spring of 2012. This rare phenomenon transpires when Venus goes in front of the sun and creates a black dot. When this happens, the female- male relationship will become more balanced and a strong feminine side will emerge that will help restore harmony in our world.

Madame X
Acrylic and oil on linen
34 x 48 in.