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by Mary Terhune

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Art: Epona by Artist Mary Terhune
This piece is a portrait of my former dance teacher. It is a large oil on canvas; I used both shimmer and “interference” pigments on this piece. This is a representation of the Goddess Epona, the Celtic Horse Goddess. She is dancing in a sere and autumnal landscape, with a “rath” (Celtic iron-age fortress) behind her in the distance. She is “cutting’ (a move in Irish step-dance). As she dances, spring flowers flow from her feet, into the mists that are lit by the moon shining above. On either side of the main panel, there are 2 images of The White Horse of Uffington, a chalk cutting in a hillside in Britain which goes back to the iron age. My feeling about this painting is that here once again, a strong presence of Odilon Redon as an influence is felt. I do feel that my imagery is entirely my own; however, Odion Redon has influenced nearly every painting I have done since my first introduction to him in college. In particular, the inclusion of flowers, which he so often used in his paintings as symbols of spiritual truth and psychic wholeness, has been something that for a long while I did in nearly every painting. I explore imagery in my own way. However, I am much indebted to the art of Odilon Redon.

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Epona (detal 1)

Detail Image for art Epona

Epona (detail 2)


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