When I hear a song I particularly relate to it becomes mine -- part of the soundtrack of my life -- I'll sing it like
an anthem. This is especially true of a song that puts into words feelings I felt I had no way of expressing,
This series of paintings is based on the songs of the rock band Train. Their music and the lyrics by lead singer, Pat
Monahan, have been an inspiration and comfort to me over the last five years.
When the World Trade Center attack happened I had a plane ticket for a trip to Ireland. I was determined to go, regardless
of fears, and left on the next plane over there. One of cds I took along with me was Train's "Drops of Jupiter."
As it turned out, this album served as my source of solace when the memories of that day would rush over me.
It was on that trip, listening to "Drops of Jupiter" that I began working with the ancient Irish symbols found
in the megalithic monument of Newgrange in County Meath, Ireland.
As my work evolved, I began to portray places and myths with the ancient symbols. It only seemed natural to begin illustrating
the music that served as an inspiration and comfort to me.
By illustrating these songs, I am able to place myself inside of them -- to become a part of them -- as they have become
a part of me.