Date: March 2014
Size : 14" x 17"
Categories : Ink Drawing
This piece is the left side of a diptych [Barn Owl]. The two facing pieces were created to show the views of the California Newuks, who believed that after death the brave and virtuous became Great Horned Owls - while the wicked were doomed to become Barn Owls.
To illustrate each of these views, I chose to use natural symbolism.
Foxglove, found near both owls, is a symbol of duality.
Edelweiss, The flower shown with the Great Horned Owl (right piece), is a symbol of daring, courage and noble purity.
Laburnum, The flower shown with the Barn Owl (left piece), is toxic and a symbol of the forsaken.