Over the course of this project, I've done a lot of thinking about whales and whenever I wanted to paint or draw something purely for fun, it's generally been an image of a whale. These images were kind of thematically linked, so I began calling them "Leviathans." For a time, they were available in my Etsy shop but I've sold all of them. I'll probably do a few more, but not for a while.
Dan in Virginia ended up being given the "Red Leviathan" as a Christmas gift from his girlfriend, which actually makes this even more wonderful for me. It's still a straneg thing for me to think people like my art enough to pay for it, but even stranger (although in a good way) to think my art is worth giving as gifts to loved ones. Dan was kind enough to frame the piece and send along this photo of it hanging in his home...
It looks to be in very good company indeed, and I am quite liking the vintage Classics Illustrated Moby-Dick cover in the upper right hand part of the photo. Also, on his bookshelf, Dan has a faced-out hardcover copy of 20,0000 Leagues Under the Sea from an illustrated series of books that is very familiar to me. When I was very young, probably 6 or 7, my father bought me a copy of Charles Kingsley's book The Heroes, collecting the stories of Perseus, Theseus, Heracles, and Jason and the Argonauts. I remember that book so well, and it is a powerful childhood memory of mine. I've not been able to track one down since, and I haven't seen the book in decades, so Dan's photo brought back a rush of memories.
So there it is...my art, now living in Virginia. Many thanks for sharing the photo, Dan, and if anyone else reading has my art framed and hanging on their wall, please send me a photo. I'd love to see it.