Tranquil and detached, owls are quiet observers. They are mysterious creatures, deriving nobility from the same characteristics that give them an air of homeliness.
This series of six original wolf paintings wraps up my intensive focus on wolf symbols in folklore. Each of these paintings is for sale in my shop (or you can click on the image to go directly to each listing). (more…)
In Egyptian mythology, Wepwawet was a deity with the head of a wolf. His name means “opener of the ways” and he is often depicted as a wolf standing at the prow of a solar-boat. In later texts, he was referred to as Ra, the “opener” of the sky. (more…)
Wolves survive because they embody a fierceness that frightens their enemies and a passion that sustains their loved ones. According to Vuk Karadžić–the father of the study of Serbian folklore–in this Slavic tradition, a woman who had lost several babies in succession would name her newborn son Vuk (translated: wolf), because it was believed that the witches, who “ate” the babies, were afraid to attack the wolves. (more…)
Legends surrounding Saint Francis of Assisi show him befriending a wolf. (more…)
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You guys are so so so awesome & your support for my art has been amazing. As we ramp up for the Holiday season, I want to give you a chance to win a FREE ORIGINAL PAINTING from my shop. Any painting. Your choice. (more…)
Last year I created this series of Fox and Badger pieces for a collaboration with Enfants Terribles magazine. Based off of the iconic art of Norman Rockwell, these scenes pull from vintage nostalgia and merge it with the quirky sensibilities of contemporary illustration. These scenes have become some of my most beloved pieces. Not only have I hung them prominently in my home this last year, I have also sent out dozens of art prints to hang lovingly in homes around the world. (more…)
According to the Pawnee creation myth, the wolf was the first creature to experience death. The Wolf Star, enraged at not having been invited to attend a council on how the Earth should be made, sent a wolf to steal the whirlwind bag of The Storm that Comes out of the West, which contained the first humans. Upon being freed from the bag, the humans killed the wolf, thus bringing death into the world. (more…)
Some stories say it is a disease. Others say it is a curse. The affliction of lycanthropy is what we imagine as the horrible fate of those humans unlucky enough to become part wolf, and werewolves are one of our favorite monsters.
We use animals in our folklore as symbols of our personalities, spirits and struggles. On November 1st I launched a new, year-long project where I will focus intently on one animal each month, exploring the symbolism of that creature and the role it plays in the stories we tell.