After doing various studies of skulls, I started wanted to transform them more into something figurative. "Portrait of Death" was the first one where I made a point of doing that, trying to get a living quality in the skull, not just replicating an object on a shelf. I continued that in "Seeing Through the Fire", but I wanted to get it looking like it was looking at something. The stuff that I used to prop it up to get it at the angle I wanted was the inspiration for the way the neck looks.
"Skull Study on Easel" approx. 3'x2' Mixed Media on Paper 2011
"Portrait of Death" approx. 36"x18" Mixed Media on Paper 2011
"Seeing Through the Fire" approx. 3'x2' Mixed Media on Paper 2011