Encaustic, Oil, PanPastel, and Graphite
60"w x 84.5"h (unframed)
64"w x 88"h (framed)
Steel frame
Private Collection

Ulysses and Penelope's bed in Homer's Odyssey was shaped from the trunk of a tree firmly rooted in the ground. The bed could not be moved and is a symbolic testament to the couple's long-lasting marriage. Upon their reunion after 20 years, Ulysses' reaction to Penelope's suggestion to move the bed was the final test to prove his identity as her husband. This painting portrays Ulysses and Penelope as snowy white owls, perched on their leafy marital bed.

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