This painting features an Oak Treehopper (Platicotis vittata) which is found primarily in the forested regions of the Eastern United States and Mexico, but also in other areas of North America where oak trees grow. The Oak Treehopper has always been a favorite of mine for its bright coloring and ancient appearance. Here I have intertwined the wing patterns with the fibers of the human iris.
Eyehopper was the first painting in this series, yet is markedly different than the other paintings. It draws more from my imagination but still plays with patterns found in nature and dreamy colors.