Last year I created several mosaic style paintings. The theme of small fragments combining to form something bigger was a concept that strongly resonated with me. And now that some time has passed, it’s a style that I’d like to further explore. I believe there is more work there to uncover.
One of the pieces that I created during that time was a peacock. It was a gift to my partner’s business and it hung on the wall at his office. One brisk Fall morning, a fire broke out in their building. The flames were quickly extinguished, but not before covering everything nearby in ash and soot. And although sealed behind glass, smoke seeped through the peacock’s frame and damaged the painting.
While assisting with the hardship resulting from the fire, the idea of a complementary piece came to me. At first I had thought about repainting the peacock. But I later came to view the smoke markings as additions to the piece rather than damage. With that in mind, I wanted the accompanying piece to symbolize transformation and renewal. A phoenix was the obvious choice.