Idle King

Encaustic, Oil, PanPastel, and Graphite
26”w x 40.5”h (unframed)
36”w x 48”h (framed)
Paper, Mounted under museum glass, Wood frame

Alfred Tennyson's poem, "Ulysses," questions whether Ulysses could ever truly be satisfied with a domestic existence following his return home to Ithaca. Would ten years at war and ten years at sea leave an insatiable desire for travel and adventure? “It little profits that an idle king, by this still hearth, among these barren crags…I cannot rest from travel: I will drink life to the lees….” In this painting, the kingfisher, often regarded as a symbol of freedom and adventure, sits idly on a wilted sunflower, restless and yearning with wanderlust.

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