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This work has a rather complicated backstory. It begins with an old photo from an old relationship. In an attempt to self-therapize through art I took a portrait I had made of her when we were together in New York building theatrical scenery and applied all I knew of the arcane digital arts via my new Seattle University neighborhood Kinko's copy shop to reinterpret as a mushroom cloud. In the process I generated some digital noise, colors at the base of the "cloud" which resembled a Kimodo dragon. I enlarged and separated the section and using glue stick and A6 copy paper finished the dragon with pen and watercolor. Making a color copy at scale of the original dragon in reverse, I combined the two as a form of Pax de Douroubous. Then I scaled and distorted that image using the photocopier and scissors to build half the Dragonfly, which I mirrored and created the final Form. The image was then used by me in several forms in a self-published art book, "Notes From the Nuclear Age," including a poem of the same name which took a fraction of the time to write than had the making of this art. This combination of the Dragonfly with my hallucinogenic field called poppies is strictly made up for my Daylighted portfolio.
I am a native of California, returning to reside here in 1999 after careers in the military, theater, historic building restoration and writing. I have been dedicated to painting since 1992. In over 20 years I have taught myself to paint by studying great works from around the world that exemplify the styles and techniques of every age, by reading artists' first-hand accounts of their own experience and processes and by going to the easel each day to develop the ...