My true inner self can easily be seen within the framework of my dream works. I have often felt each one a self-portrait of some part of me. Animals were introduced to my dream works in the early 1980s with a series on hunting and war. From there on the animal, whether wild or domestic, has been a critical ingredient of my visions. "Dream visions" sometimes bridges the gap between illustration and fine art, yet always maintains its dreamlike quality. This is my life blood gallery, my soul.
I am currently working on a series of works to honor women. The theme of this series began after the death of my mother, Hilda. This was a very emotionally draining time for me and sometimes still is. I found my art to be my savior again, and dedicated a series of paintings to women who have influenced my life in some way. I have finished some works, but have several in the final stages. As they are finished, they will be published. The works utilize items that are associated socially as female like tea cups, fancy work, quilts, afghans, high-heeled shoes, dolls, etc. Each of these items has been specifically picked as a representative of an individual, and an animal is then tied into a dream vision with the specific item. My mother's work contains a grizzly bear backdrop, a crocheted table cloth, two tea cups, and her Shirley Temple doll. The title of this work, now finished, is "Shirley and Tea with Momma's little girl" for Hilda. My Aunt Maggie's work is "Purple Buffalo Robes". She actually selected the buffalo as her animal before she died. The purple buffalo robe is the afghan she crocheted for me in honor of our birthday month's symbolic color of purple.
The following works are in various stages of development. The top three are finished and available for print sales from the store.rsparr.com I am working on this series now, so please check back regularly to see the works as they are finished.