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Unnatural Beauty

This painting was inspired by how natural things are a rarity these days; everything is genetically modified, or controlled in some manner. There is a fusion between animal and foliage to demonstrate their interdependence. The Jaguar is a man made construct; a Peacock Jaguar, and some of the vegetation is likewise fabricated as it was inspired by circuit boards. The...
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Life-thrum

This picture was mean to demonstrate the living energy that is present in everything. Everything is alive and moving despite what our eyes tell us. The Golden Ears Mountain Range for example is moving albeit on a molecular level. Because we are carbon based life forms we can’t conceive of life existing beyond that construct; I believe everything is alive...
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Shadowgarden

Pure and simple, this pastel work was created as a celebration of life, imbued with a sense of freedom that only flight can express. Chalk Pastel on Paper 9 x 11″ © 2000 Fame Mackney...
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Timesleep

“Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.” Life reminds me of Plato’s allegory of the cave. For this pastel work, I was ruminating on the age of the earth, of the civilizations that have come and gone; of the people and cultures that have been lost. When suddenly,I realized...
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The Guardians

Human beings, I believe, were meant to be the planet’s care takers .Our dangerous arrogance has enabled us to abuse nature in all forms. Consequently, we see ourselves as separate from nature rather than an extension of it.  The green lion represents the masculine side of nature (predatory, savage, protective) while the goddess (mother nature) represents the feminine side (nurturing,...
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Dream of Valhalla

Some of my ancestors were Viking warriors, and I wanted to depict heaven as a peaceful timeless place; a place where all seasons exist simultaneously, a place without strife. The problem with mankind is man. Chalk Pastel on Paper 22″ x 18″ © 2000 Fame Mackney...
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Strength

The vast majority of my work is autobiographical, and illustrates what was happening in my life at the time. Ravens are one of my totem animals and are a reoccurring motif. Strength is a piece that illustrates the beauty of symbiotic relationships, and of hope. After all, there is a sun at night. It is a metaphor for challenges in...
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Flow

This pastel drawing was inspired by an old romantic relationship; it metaphorically represents me and my love at the time, as forces of nature. I believe as the title suggests, that people’s lives run more smoothly when they “go with the flow.” No one should ever force anything, but rather allow the course of their lives to evolve organically. Chalk...
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Emergence

This painting was inspired by a young lady I know who was coming into her own. She was a wonderful teenager, and I wanted to illustrate her blossoming into womanhood. Her love of dragons, and all things fantastic was incorporated into the art work. Acrylic on Canvas 24 x 18″ © 2009 Fame Mackney...
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