Oil on wood panel, 2018
The initial idea for this painting was born in a PetSmart. I was there shopping for a food bowl and I stopped to looked at the little birds for sale and was struck by their beautiful colors and markings. The idea then grew into a philosophical questioning about the nature of reality, free will and how what we see and feel is represented in art. The Rene Magritte reference (the floating stone) is quite intentional, placed into the painting after I had finished planning it, creating a satisfying art history reference considering the model for this painting is neither a nude woman nor a white male.