Mag·ic re·al·ism noun

a literary or artistic genre in which realistic narrative and naturalistic technique are combined with surreal elements of dream or fantasy.”

These paintings are arranged chronologically. They are an amalgamation of observational and emotional responses reflecting an inner and outer world. I have realized that in our plastic culture, animals remain authentic; a deep and powerful connection to the mysterious and unknowable. Recently on a trip to the Yucatan, I learned about “Naguals” or guardian animal spirits, common in Mesoamerican folk culture. I realized that the creatures that appeared in my work since childhood have always been symbolic for me; my own personal spirit animals who are protector, witness, companion and impish muse. I am trying to quiet “the rational editor mind” and instead welcome creatures and any magic into my work. I use a variety of painting mediums, fabrics, and anything that will add a little wonder. Painting in this group range in price from $300 for some small framed gouache’s to $1800 for some of the larger or very detailed pieces.  Some of these pieces might also be found in other categories. Here is a collection of photos taken over the last 15 years while painting on site in various locations from around the world. You can see how my pieces in this category can occur only once – inspired by a unique location, experience or feeling. I am visually dating all the very current COVID 19 work, because it feels so historic to paint about this once in a lifetime (we hope) event.