My studio painting has lately been influenced by my interest in symbolism and dreams. My dreams are particularly vivid, often threatening and anxious. This is not completely a bad thing, as they are remarkable in themselves and the source of potential imagery. The owl is a creature of the night, often known for wisdom, but also connected to the underworld and death. The penetrating stare of the owl. The eyes that can see into the depths of darkness. The head that can turn almost 360 degrees to follow and discover. The flight on silent wings. All of this in a creature full of mystery and primeval associations.