I am a great admirer of the painter Leonora Carrington, who was once asked if she believed in God, and she answered, Of course, which one? So while I believe in a single overriding unity, I think that within this unity operate millions of little gods, and for these I like to invent images. Plant gods, animal gods, human gods, and all the beings in between... Especially those... For me, art, at its best, expresses and makes manifest that which is non material. It must draw on imagination and inner vision, and it is not enough that it should deal only in decorative or material values.
I love hybrids, deliberately ambiguous images that are neither one thing or the other. A man who is also a bird, a woman who is a tree.
THE RAM BISHOP
He is ( very loosely ) based on the sculptures of saints that are found on Gothic cathedrals like Chartres or Notre Dame. But he is a kind of joke as well. He is not only a bishop but a sheep, note his ram's horns, which were suggested by the shape of a bishops crozier .
He holds a book marked Psalm 22, ( The Lord is my Shepherd of course.. )
He is not an angel, though he has wings. He is a hybrid of bird and man. He is of the animal world, body more than spirit. I think we need to value the animal world, ( the world of the senses and flesh, ) now more than ever, since we seem to be in the process of eliminating it from the face of the earth........... )
A Shrine for the Mother of Birds
She is both tree and Goddess. She holds the eggs of the future in her belly, and the birds flock to her......