Aries Totem


Art size:  18" x 12"

Mounted:  24" x 18"

Limited Edition of 250

Signed and Numbered  

Archival Quality Giclée Print



Totem trees develop living sculptures throughout the life of the tree. Aries Totem is believed to have lived for more than a millennium. Older totem trees have been known to exhibit as many as eight or ten individual sculptures, each unique in shape and color.

"My inspiration for Aries Totem came on a vacation to Washington in 2009. I was inspired by the native totem art I saw at Seattle Art Museum. There were also some very large, beautifully carved totems outside a casino. Back at the hotel I sketched half a totem with a monkey, ram, and frog. On the other half of the totem I sketched a skeleton, cat, and fish. That would become the Moonshadow Totem. Originally I painted the totems the same color as the tree, but decided to add a little more color natural to the animals. They looked more like they were carved out of the trees before, instead of standing in front of the trees, but I think the colors add to the overall look of the paintings."


"The Aries Totem was painted several months after the Moonshadow Totem. Originally it was to have a different background, but I decided to make a diptych and match the background with Moonshadow Totem. That was more difficult than expected, trying to match colors. I was fairly successful, though I can still notice the differences. My next challenge was to meld the two together in Photoshop to be printed on a single canvas. I managed to pull this off too, as you can see the result above."

Paintings by Timothy Kobs • info@tkobs.com • (608) 534-7435 • Copyright ® 2010, All Rights Reserved