Alexander and the Iliad, latex paint on canvas, 43 x 55, private collection, Bend, OR
According to legend, Alexander the Great's tutor Aristotle committed the spoken Iliad to print for his ambitious and royal pupil. Alexander revered the epic greatly - even going so far as claiming descent from both Hercules and Achilles (as well as claiming to own the mythical armor of the latter), and visiting the site of Troy on his march east. It is even said that he kept the text (and a dagger) under his pillow as he slept.
In this painting, the conquerer takes a moment from his campaigns to contemplate the revered text, holding an unseen scroll across his lap and studying its words.
Magister Sacrorum, latex paint on canvas, 18 x 24, 2022
Its Latin title translating to "Teacher of the rites," this simple and piercing portrait looks off to the right, contemplating the mysteries and demands of his discipline.
Jupiter chained, latex paint on canvas, 55 x 60, 2022
In classical mythology, ruling comes with peril. As he had once overthrown the titan Saturn, Jupiter too was attacked by those closest to him. Wife, brother and daughter all bound the king of the gods in an attempt to end his reign. Unlike his father, Jupiter was fortunate that help came in the form of the Nereid Thetis and a hundred-handed giant.
Jupiter strains against his bonds in this painting - the marks a furious and cloud-like tempest.