There is a Viking legend about two ravens, Hugninn and Muninn who fly all over the world each day to gather information from the dead for the Norse god Odin. One bird would collect thoughts and one would collect memories.
The Collector depicts the memory gatherer with his latest collection. Here’s what the objects represent:
Wedding ring - memories of relationships
Small key (from a trinket box) - memories throughout life
Large key (from a wind-up clock) - the passage of time
Given the otherworldly nature of the subject matter, I wanted the composition to have a dreamlike, unearthly feel. To accomplish this goal, I limited my palette to only three colors and created a highly abstract background to impart surreal qualities to the finished work. To stage the setting, I built the nest from sticks and twigs gathered in the desert.
I love to paint birds - they are a marvelous challenge for the realist, especially the feathers. If an artist doesn’t get the feathers exactly right, the viewer knows it and can sense that something is “off” about the painting.
Many cultures have stories about ravens, crows, and magpies and usually these birds are messengers of some kind. Although I don’t paint these lovely creatures often, when I do, I enjoy layering the extra meaning from these early stories into my compositions. For another example, please see Atonement, an image inspired by Greek mythology.
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