The Norse God Odin is often portrayed with two ravens perched on his shoulders. Their names are Hugin (Thought) and Munin (Memory). Every morning they fly away and return to their perches at night to inform him of what has happened in the world. The watercolor, Abbey, is a study for this oil painting.
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.