Watercolor – In one of many versions of the story in Celtic mythology, Cúchulainn, the great war hero, foolishly rejects the love of the beautiful Mórrígan, who shape-shifts into the form of a raven, predicts the hero’s death and eventually watches him die in combat. In the painting, she appears at his cradle and observes the infant in a premonition of what is yet to come.
After many years of painting landscapes and city scenes, curiosity drew me towards the vivid images of my dreams. I was aware of the works of Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Dalí and Paul Delveaux, but only gradually realized that the images that arose in my own sleep were just as worthy of being painted as the scenes I observed during my waking hours. They are formidable challenges to paint, and if I were confined to painting either the waking or sleeping aspects of life, I would paint dreams.