Montauk, New York | 9"x12" | gouache & watercolor on paper
Point Pleasant, West Virginia | 12"x16" | gouache & watercolor on paper
Canóvanas, Puerto Rico | 9"x12" | gouache & watercolor on paper
A triptych for The VACVVM "V1" group show. These are my interpretations of three different cryptids (animals or beings whose existence is disputed or rejected by biologists, but have been cataloged in the folkloric record through rumors, sightings, and anecdotal accounts).
The Montauk Monster: The name given to an animal carcass that washed ashore and was captured in a photograph before the body mysteriously disappeared; though many possible identifications of the creature have been proposed, the corpse is pretty obviously just a raccoon.
The Mothman: A massive and allegedly supernatural winged creature with glowing red eyes seen around West Virginia in the 1960s; some have compared these reports to descriptions of a particularly large Night Heron.
The Chupacabra: According to folk accounts, a spiny-backed creature that kills farm animals by draining their blood. Chupacabras are said to resemble a Mexican hairless dog or a raccoon/coyote with mange.
Gouache & watercolor on paper with metallic gold gouache accents.