Orpheus’ Orchid: 2011, Watercolor & Archival Digital Print on Paper, 47 x 36 inches
An unfettered orchid floats in the space of a glass house lit from the upper right leaving the area below deep in shadows. A tear through the center of the image irrevocably separates the spaces. The orchid was painted first, and then layered with digital prints of blossoms and the glasshouse space; the tear was made after the image was complete. The composition was influenced by the myth of Orpheus, who went to the underworld to secure the release of his wife, Eurydice, He ultimately lost her by failing to obey the condition that he must not look back to see if she was following until they had reached the world of the living.