DOGS OF THE SEA ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME WINTER 2020-21
Whenever I see a seal, I can’t get around the fact that they remind me so much of dogs. Although I have never had a dog, I have loved their seemingly always happy and playful demeanor. I love to see them frolic and play with unbounded joy. Thus, I am able to visualize seals playing beneath the surface in a manner similar to dogs at the park. With this in mind, and after being inspired by a painting our daughter Jessie made and gave to us, I decided to create something with playful seals. Hopefully, I have been able to convey this in my painting. The designs for the seals were inspired by both Northwest Coast Native and Celtic art traditions. As a big fan of Manx-born Arts and Crafts designer Archibald Knox, I was inspired by his work in pewter and silver to include Celtic Revival-style entrelac for the internal details of the seals. I made the frame out of red oak using pegged, hand-joined, mortise-and-tenon construction methods. I used the Japanese technique (shou-sugi-ban) of charring and oiling the oak to finish the frame.