Nymphs & Dryads
Nymphs and Dryads is a series of paintings inspired by the creatures from classical mythology. Trees and old zinfandel vines are transformed into ambiguous female figures, stretching out gnarled branches in the midst of transformation. Instead of creating images of pure fantasy, I've tied in references to Lodi's vineyards, valley oaks, and the Mokelumne River, adding a little magic to the Central Valley. Painterly strokes, drips and visible brushwork show elements of energetic transformation and mystery.