The Queen of Catland is the first painting in the Mask Makers series. I didn’t have any preliminary sketches for this work, only the concept of using animal heads as symbols of identity. With this as my intention, it became easy to discover the imagery of the painting. After loosely brushing black and white paint across the canvas, I stepped back and began seeing very basic outlines of the figures, the house and the bird.
The focal point is a child who transforms herself and her life after the head of a cat replaces her former outward identity. In her imagination she now has the ability to freely roam and discover who she is in the magical world of Catland. Placing the crown upon her head, she becomes a cat of royalty having the power to nurture her identity.