Artwork > Moby-Dick

The seeds for my avian-Moby-Dick paintings were planted many years ago. As a child, I discovered the Illustrated Classic Comics Two Years Before the Mast and Moby-Dick, stories that enthralled me and captured my imagination.

In 2003, I returned to Moby-Dick as a mature artist. My previous paintings with ‘bird-people’ had made me aware that Melville’s characters could be seen in a new light—that bird characteristics could convey the characters’ interior lives. The more I painted, the more I became aware that I was part of something substantial and memorable beyond myself. I could almost feel the tarry breath of whalers behind me as the paintings became more detailed and involved.


Moby-Dick paintings are photographed by Saverio Truglia.

2017
The Candle
Acrylic on panel
18" x 24"
2015
The Symphony
Acrylic on panel
18" x 24"
2015
The Hat
acrylic on panel
18" x 24"
2015
The Quarter Deck
Acrylic on panel
18" x 24"
2015
And The Great Shroud Of The Sea Rolled On
Acrylic on panel
14.5" x 18"
2015
Ishmael
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2003
New Bedford
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2009
Father Mapple
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2004
Queequeg
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2004
Starbuck
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2003
Stubb
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2003
Flask
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2003
Tashtego
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2003
Daggoo
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2003
Ahab
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2003
Fedallah
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2003
The Spirit Spout
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2005
The Funeral
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2006
The Pod
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2004
The Castaway
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2003
The Forge
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2005
The Whale Watch
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2006
He Declared That a Whale Must Be Near
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2004
Like an Opened Door Marble Tomb
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2004
The Chase
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2004
Ahab's Boat Seemed Drawn Up Towards Heaven
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2004
From Hell's Heart I Stab at Thee
acrylic on panel
18" x 14.5"
2004
Moby Dick
acrylic on panel
24" x 18"
2006
Flask as Killer Whale
acrylic on panel
24" x 18"
2009
Pip's Dream Trilogy: Immersion
acrylic on panel
24" x 18"
2008
Pip's Dream Trilogy: Rebirth
acrylic on panel
24" x 18"
2008
Ahab Dismasted
acrylic on panel
2007
Moby Dick, The Hunt in Japanese Waters
acrylic on panel
24" x 18"
2009
Ahab's Death
Acrylic on panel
18" x 24"
2015
The Drama's Done
acrylic on panel
24" x 18"
2009
Triad in a Northern Sea
acrylic on panel
24" x 18"
2006
The Mid-Watcher
acrylic on panel
18" x 24"
2015