Admiral Vox by Rebecca Luncan

13th Annual ARC Salon (2017-2018)

Rebecca Luncan

Admiral Vox

2016

20.32 x 20.32 cm | 8 x 8 in

Oil on aluminum

  • Arcadia Contemporary Award
  • Honorable Mention / Animals

This work is on loan from a private collection.

"My early memories are few but vivid, with joy and sorrow in equal measure. When I was small, I discovered the aftermath of a weasel attack in the hen house. Yet I also remember the sole survivor, a newly hatched chick who followed me everywhere. As my father succumbed to Multiple Sclerosis, the rest of us took more responsibility for the animals, and I reveled in it. 

Now I paint animals, revisiting memories of my dad and the wonder of growing up on a small farm. I compose portraits of animals the same as I do portraits of people, seeking not only likeness but the beauty particular to them.

Admiral Vox is one of my mother-in-law's flock. Despite his stern expression, he is gentle with people. Here he guards his hens in the dim of his coop, which has been lighted to personify the rooster without embellishment in a classic and dignified pose." - REBECCA LUNCAN