Dragon Rider 12 x 16, acrylic on illustration board on panel, 2013
Friendly Dragon 8 x 10, acrylic on museum board, 2005
Virgin Sacrifice 16 x 31, gouache on hardboard on plywood, 1997
Saint George and the Dragon 21 x 33, tempera on shade cloth on particle board, 1989
Dragons are an intriguing subject for any artist who deals at all with the fantastic and the whimsical. Interesting in that dragons are prominent in the mythology of both western and eastern cultures. In China the dragon is usually benign and a source of wisdom. Not so in the west -- the beguiling serpent of Eden, not quite a dragon, to be sure, but of the same reptilian ilk, was also, indirectly, a source of knowledge, specifically, self awareness and a recognition of good and evil. But in the context of the Biblical creation narrative, it is regarded in a negative light, for it acted in defiance of God.
Subsequently, the dragon, often winged and fire breathing, became a symbol of evil, a creature to be slain by the goodly knight.
Over the years, I have depicted the dragon (and the requisite maiden) in several contexts in my paintings. My most recent work Dragon Rider is pictured here along with some earlier works featuring dragons.
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