SYMBOLIC LANDSCAPE WITH GREEN AND WHITE TARAS, 2011
acrylic on canvas
48 x 96 inches (4 panels, 48 x 24 inches each)
This composition is a composite of different motifs found in Tibetan painting. I conceived of the composition intuitively as I worked, starting with the panel at the left, which depicts the theme of a monkey handing down a fruit to another monkey, which I found in a depiction of the Arhat Nagasena. Then, expanding the landscape to the right, I added a peacock. For the third panel, I added the tiger threatening the peacock. For the fourth panel, I reversed an image of the Mahasiddha Shavaripa so as to have his bow and arrow pointed at the tiger. Overlooking the whole are the two Taras.