"The Encounter", Oil on Canvas, 24" x 30", 2013
This painting comprises the sixth image of my academic thesis, "Jātaka Tales of a Budgie-Sattva". " The Encounter" is a self portrait narrating an interaction between budgie-sattvas that is still in suspense. The figure and the bird both reiterate one another's gesture through the spread of their limbs. The parrot approaches with curious free fall while the human remains engaging but respectfully cautious. In many ways this piece speaks of the moment before "breaking the ice" between new attractions; that interstitial moment before a particular relationship forms its karmic character.