Oil and Egg Tempera on Board
6 x 7.25 in (16 x 19cm), not including frame
A continuing theme in my art is my fascination with things that frighten, or used to frighten me. As a child, I would purposely, and enjoyably, scare myself, by peeking at pictures of barn owls. Their white faces and impossibly dark eyes made me think they were related to ghosts. Now, perhaps predictably, they are my favorite birds! Their heart-shaped faces now seem innocent and adorable to me. This painting is an expression of my love for this unique creature.