Totem trees develop living sculptures throughout the life of the tree. Moonshadow 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 Moonshadow 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 skeleton, cat,
and fish. On the other half of the totem I sketched a monkey, ram, and frog. That would become the Aries 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 Moonshadow Totem was painted several months before the Aries Totem. Originally
the two were to have different backgrounds, but I decided to make a diptych and match the backgrounds, combining the two paintings.
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."
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