Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Moon Goddess Google+ Hangout

Can’t make it to the Moon Goddess (Oct 27) opening?

Join us for a Google+ Hangout at 4:00pm (PST) before the reception for a Q&A discussion with Modern Eden Gallery Director Kim Larson, Moon Goddess Curator and artist Aunia Kahn and featured artists Cory Benhatzel Scott Holloway and Tina Imel.

We’ll be fielding questions from twitter (@moderneden) and our FB page (, ask away!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Reaper Carnival

"The Reaper Carnival"
acrylic, graphite and silver leaf on birch panel
8 x 10 inches, plus frame

Here's my new painting for the "Carnival of Terror" show this Saturday at Gristle Tattoo and Art Gallery in Brooklyn.

There is a vulture, horned owl and albino raven perched atop a conjoined goat skull.  The scythe blades are silver leaf, which I really love.  This is only my second time using leaf, and the first time using silver leaf, specifically.  I'm sure it won't be the last though, I love it!

The info for the show is here on the card, the artist list is amazing!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Ceryneian Hind

"Ceryneian Hind"
acrylic, graphite and gold leaf on birch panel
11 x 14 inches plus frame
for inquiries, please contact Modern Eden gallery at or call 415-956-3303

Here's my new painting for the Moon Goddess show, that the lovely and talented Aunia Kahn has curated for Modern Eden Gallery.

My painting is about the Ceryneian Hind; the sacred, gold-horned deer of Artemis, goddess of the hunt, forests and hills, and the moon.

In Greek Mythology, the Ceryneian Hind, also called Cerynitis, was an enormous hind (deer), who lived in Keryneia, Greece. It was sacred to Artemis, the chaste goddess of the hunt, animals and unmarried women. It had golden antlers like a stag and hooves of bronze or brass, and it was said that it could outrun an arrow in flight. 

Deer were the only animals held sacred to Artemis herself. On seeing a deer larger than a bull with horns shining, she fell in love with these creatures and held them sacred. Deer were also the first animals she captured. She caught five golden horned deer called Elaphoi Khrysokeroi and harnessed them to her chariot.

In the painting, I depicted the Ceryneian Hind and his mate, along with a buzzard, which was also a favored animal of Artemis.  The animals are spirits; incapable of being harmed by the arrows of men or gods.  The bow is Artemis'; which she was never without in the hunt.
The hind holds the moon between his golden antlers, and the flowers at the hinds' feet are asphodelus; one of Artemis' sacred plants.