Kitsune: Ghosts & Shadows: Inuit & Torii
45" x  28"
Oil, pigment, mixed media on canvas
2019



Kitsune 

Ghosts and Shadows 

After a trip to Japan in 2018 I started a new series of work using Japanese influences. These paintings have their roots in works by a master Japanese printmaker, Kiyoshi Saito (1907-1997).

Using forms that evoke a landscape  such as trees and stones in water, the  simple composition is of truncated subjects with areas of large solid colors contrasting with high textures. The collapsing of the foreground and background into the same place provides intriguing juxtapositions. Kitsune (sacred fox) is the messenger to the god Inari, and has many mystical attributes including shape shiftinginto human form, typically as a woman. Kitsune can be a helpful or a devious spirit to humans. 





Kitsune: Ghosts & Shadows #1
46" x 35" framed
Gouache, pigment on paper
2019




Kitsune: Ghosts & Shadows #2
46” x 35”
Pigment, gouache on paper
2019 





Kitsune: Ghosts & Shadows #3
46" x 35"
Gouache, pigment on paper
2019





Kitsune: Ghosts& Shadows #4
36" x 48” framed
Charcoal, gouache, oil on paper 
2019





Kitsune: Ghosts & Shadows #5
30" x 24"
Mixed media on canvas
2019




Kitsune: Ghosts & Shadows:#6
41" x 35" framed
Pigment, gouache on paper
2020




Kitsune: Ghosts & Shadows #7
41" x 35"
Pigment, gouache, acrylic on paper
2019
 



Kitsune: Ghosts & Shadows # 8
36" x 30"
Pigment, gouache on canvas
2020




Kitsune: Ghosts & Shadows #9
42" x  35"
Pigment, gouache oil on canvas
2020




Kitsune: Ghosts & Shadows #10
35" x 48" framed
Pigment, gouache on paper
2020




Kitsune: Ghosts & Shadows #11
36" x 51" framed
Pigment, gouache on paper
2020




Kitsune: Ghosts & Shadows #12 (Klee)
34" x 28"
Oil on canvas
2020




Kitsune: Ghosts & Shadows #13 (Klee)
36" x 30"
Pigment, gouache, oil on canvas
2020




Kitsune: Ghosts & Shadows #14 ( S. Davis)
32" x 28"
Oil, pastel on canvas
2020




Kitsune: Ghosts and Shadows #15
30”x40”
Oil, pastel on canvas
2020