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Earth is old. This lyrical thought came to me in 1992, as I searched for themes to express in my art. I was fascinated by the idea of 'deep time', both cosmic and terrestrial. Planet Earth is four and a half billion years old. After four billion of those years, life appeared. The 'doomed' dinosaurs reigned for 160 million years; 64 million years after their demise, little Australopithecus, our ancestor, rose, to begin a hunter-gatherer existence little changed for another thousand millennia.

Sold to the Canada Council Art Bank in 1992
Permian Night
encaustic
39" x 46"
1992

Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian; Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous.

Cenozoic; that’s us. And now we are threatening our ancient, wondrous planet at lightning speed.

I'll be revisiting 'Earth is Old' in the next several months in a series of new paintings still in encaustic paint (but better at it after 30 years!)...still fascinated by the concept of deep time, still and even more bewildered about how our species is wrecking it all.

Many thanks to ArtsNB (New Brunswick's arts council) for a generous grant to further this heartfelt project!

Watch here for more images in the months to come - and they won't look like 'Permian Night'!