cheetah cubs at play, rhinos nursing newborn calves, and the mating ritual of the double-waddled cassowary, the most dangerous
bird on the planet, are powerful experiences I’ve had while painting at White Oak Conservation Center. This body of
work contains charcoal studies, field paintings as well as gilded icons. In both Western and Eastern cultures, gold has been
ritualistically placed around images to emphasize importance. With remaining numbers dangerously low, these species are the
icons of our contemporary culture. To emphasize how precious they are, I have gilded them in gold, silver and copper leaf
following the traditional technique I learned while living in Japan.