The Prayer, 2010, oil on canvas 36" X 30"
This painting is available at Borsini-Burr Gallery
In a short video clip I thought I had seen a Japanese Macaque monkey praying. It was, in fact, a mother holding an infant but the image of praying stayed for me. The Macaque or Japanese Snow Monkey is one of the more intelligent primates and live mostly in the mountainous areas in northern Japan. They are known for washing their food before eating it and for occasionally having snowball fights! Unfortunately, they are also favored for testing by neuro-scientists and drug companies. I wanted this individual to reflect grace and vulnerability, so I closed his eyes.