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Cerulean Shadows


Cerulean Shadows


Wolves are mankind's first monster. As a species we have feared them in the night. They feature prominently in our nightmares and horror stories.



Mankind learned to listen and learn from them. Wolves became part of our mythologies and lore. Every indigenous religion has a legend that features them. They became teachers and guides. Through their friendship we bred man’s best friend.


Now they represent the wildness of our ever shrinking world. A symbol of family, patience, intelligence, and survival. They revitalize the ecosystem and bring balance back to the land.


Cerulean Shadows is the first of the series. I did not intend for the painting to be monochromatic. I used Pthalo Blue to rough in the wolf’s face and intended to paint a blue based multicolored painting, but as I stepped back I was struck by the feeling of it. I heard the blue song of the wolves howl, saw the dark shadows of tall trees in the woods, the smell of snow and pine. I see them running through the midnight shadows cast by the light of a full moon.

Monochromatic Wildlife Series

Each animal is created entirely with a single color with only black and white to shade and tint.

The monochromatic wildlife series began with Cerulean Shadows. The 36x48 canvas was a gift and I kept it to the side for something special. I finally peeled the wrapper off and roughed in a large portrait of a wolf done in blue. I did not start out with the intention of keeping to one color but discovered that mixing the Pthalo Blue with alternating combinations of black and white created some of the most unexpected hues. After a bit of experimentation I managed to pull out all kinds of subtlety with just a single color.

I lined up all of my paint tubes and began to wonder which animals wanted to speak to me through which color. I took time to research, not just scientific studies, but poring over lore and mythical traditions. I didn’t necessarily want the color to match the animals’ physical appearance, like red for fox or yellow for canary. I tried to think about their inner beauty, their spirit and the legends and myths that surround them. In some cases the color does match their outward appearance. The spirit of some animals is so intertwined with their outward markings that they cannot easily be separated without losing too much of their essence.

Each animal has a different message and I do my best to represent it. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I do and that you are moved or even pleasantly surprised by the colors through which the animals chose to speak to me.

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