Ryden: Allegory of the Four Elements

I’ve been a busy little artist working on the drawings, plans and (gasp) technical drawings for a public commission at an Elementary school here in the Seattle area, Seatac (named for our airport, for real).  The installation is a cycle of hanging worlds, the four seasons overlaid with imagery of the four elements, overlaid with mythology of birds, trees and herbs.  It’s a tangled parfait of mythologies from around the world and throughout time, each a symbolic reference to guardians and protectors of children.  These four little girls of Mark Ryden‘s making seem to have that magical charm in spades.  I love this painting….I can’t wait to make my own little potion of protection for the 50 years of children that will see my work as they head to class…..