mammal skeletons

I began drawing animal skeletons while doing research for Dante's Divine Comedy at the Field Museum in Chicago. I had always been interested in skeletons,but I had never drawn them. While I was looking at the mammal bones, it struck me that all the mammals had essentially the same skeleton, the same bones, pushed and pulled, squashed, stretched, shrunk by time and circumstance. An elephant and a mouse are made from the same structure, and so are we. Eventually I drew prehistoric mammals. It makes me think not only about life and death, but about the past and the future, both contained in these forms.

elephant head 1, 2001
baby carnivore, 2001
hoofed dolphin ancestor, 2002
hindsight, 2002
elephant, 2001
elephant shoulder, 2001
zebra,2002
basilosaurus,2002
zebra and warthog, 2002
dolphin ancestor, 2002
rhino, 2000
stork skeleton,1996
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elephant head 1, 2001

elephant head 1, 2001

colour linocut

18"H x 24"W

$800

baby carnivore, 2001

baby carnivore, 2001

charcoal on paper

18"H x 24"W

$650

hoofed dolphin ancestor, 2002

hoofed dolphin ancestor, 2002

charcoal on paper

18"H x 24"W

$700

hindsight, 2002

hindsight, 2002

colour linocut

36"H x 24"W

$575

elephant, 2001

elephant, 2001

charcoal on paper

24"H x 18"W

$300

elephant shoulder, 2001

elephant shoulder, 2001

wax encaustic on panel

24"H x 18"W

$800

zebra,2002

zebra,2002

charcoal on paper

18"H x 24"W

NFS

basilosaurus,2002

basilosaurus,2002

wax encaustic on masonite

$500

zebra and warthog, 2002

zebra and warthog, 2002

wax encaustic on panel

24"H x 18"W

$700

dolphin ancestor, 2002

dolphin ancestor, 2002

wax encaustic on panel

24"H x 18"W

$600

rhino, 2000

rhino, 2000

charcoal on paper

18"H x 24"W

$700

stork skeleton,1996

stork skeleton,1996

conte crayon on paper

11"H x 9"W

$150