Family History Series

 

The paintings in the Family History series are based on personal family photos and 11th Century botanical drawings. Both of these sources represent mystery and the edge of changing perceptions; the botanical drawings are from a time when a nascent scientific understanding existed alongside a mystical awareness of the natural world, while the family photographs of people I never met represent a fact of the past onto which I project an emotional narrative to fill gaps in my personal history. When I compose the paintings, the overlap of sources creates a new story of its own.