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Homage to Father
Oil on Canvas
45"x60"
Homage to Father/detail
Oil on Canvas
45"x60"
Best Friend
Oil on Canvas
60" x 60"
Best Friend/Detail
Oil on Canvas
60" x 60"
Emerging
Oil on Canvas
44" x 47 1/8"
The Emerging/detail
Oil on Canvas
44" x 47 1/8"
Midsummer's Day Dream
Oil on Canvas
22 1/4" x 30"
Midsummer's Day Dream/detail
Oil on Canvas
22 1/4" x 30"
Wings
Oil on Canvas
34" x 48"
Wings/detail
Oil on Canvas
34" x 48"
The Seer
Oil on Canvas
32" x 40"
The Seer/detail
Oil on Canvas
32" x 40"
Embraced
Oil on Canvas
48" x 34"
2010
Embraced/detail
Oil on Canvas
48" x 34"
Transformation Again
Oil on Canvas
16" x 18 1/8"
Transformation Again/detail
Oil on Canvas
16" x 18 1/8"
Signal of Joy
Oil on Canvas
37" x 46"
Signal of Joy/detail
Oil on Canvas
37" x 46"
Rounded Homewards
Oil on Canvas
41 7/8" x 54"
Rounded Homewards /detail
Oil on Canvas
41 7/8" x 54"
Rounded Homewards II
Oil on Canvas
24" x 24"
Rounded Homewards II /detail
Oil on Canvas
24" x 24"
Night Light
Oil on Canvas
51" x 62"
Night Light/detail
Oil on Canvas
51" x 62"
Oasis
Oil on Canvas
32" x 42"
Oasis/detail
Oil on Canvas
32" x 42"
Dances Across Time
Oil on Canvas
42" x 46"
Dances Across Time/detail
Oil on Canvas
42" x 46"
Circle of Life
Oil on Canvas
24" x 24"
Circle of Life/detail
Oil on Canvas
24" x 24"
Grace from the Future
Oil on Canvas
14" x 14"
Grace from the Future/detail
Oil on Canvas
14" x 14"
The Protectress
Oil on Canvas
24" x 40"
The Protectress/detail
Oil on Canvas
24" x 40"
Can I Live Here?
Oil on Canvas
14" x 14"
Can I Live Here?/detail
Oil on Canvas
14" x 14"
The Protector
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
The Protector/detail
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
Purple Heart Expansion
oil on Canvas
36" x 36"
Purple Heart Expansion/detail
Oil on Canvas
36" x 36"
The Long and Winding Road
Oil on Canvas
20" x 22" sold
Transformations
Oil on Canvas
32" x 40"
Daughter
Oil on Canvas
42" x 49"
Daughter/detail
Oil on Canvas
42" x 49"
The Distance Pacer
Oil on Board
8 1/2"x11 3/4"
The Distance Pacer/detail
Oil on Board
8 !/2" x 11 3/4"
Keeper of the Fire
Oil on Canvas
20" x 16"
Keeper of the Fire/detail
Oil on canvas
20" x 16"
The Art of Camouflage
Oil on Board
14" x 10"
The Art of Camouflage/detail
Oil on Board
14" x 10"

Nature as Sanctuary — Animals as Spirit Guides

In these works nature is reduced by an unwavering focus of the artist to a single form, the embodiment of nature in her most pristine and precise state. Nature is reconstituted in an authentic way, where the sublime is stunning in its accessibility. We’re asked in these works to find refuge in their orchestration of light and form, but not alone. Spirit guides and helpers inhabit and, furthermore, navigate these environments, reassuring even uplifting us in their roles as masters of these domains. Their presence transforms their locales into sanctuaries, beyond idleness and repose into emotion, inviting us to activate the most engaged aspects of our attention. Stella Zee’s paintings steer clear of romanticizing nature as some lost Eden for our salvation. Instead, she advocates a different model in which we avail ourselves to a new vision of nature with an ever-present set of potentialities that exist inside each of us.


by Christopher Bowen