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 • firstname.lastname@example.org • (608) 534-7435 • Copyright ® 2010, All Rights Reserved