CHICKEN CROSSES ROAD
Oil on canvas, 48 x 30 in., 2002
This piece is about leaving the familiar and stepping into the unknown.
The images move clockwise: The past is shown by the clouds; the person's profile looks ahead; the line of the profile makes the back feathers of the chicken.
The person's foot takes a step, but the shadow of the foot is that of an eagle's talon. The eagle sits on a pedestal in the distance, the future, signifying the chicken turned into an eagle when it crossed the road.
At the top of the painting is a cemetery, the end of the road.
(At the time I created this piece, the 100 year old run down house in which I was living had been sold. My neighbors invited me to rent their beautiful home across the street. The Key West Cemetery was at the end of the block, just like in the painting.)
Courtesy of Laura and Eric H.