I am neither illustrator nor fabulist, but creator of images that represent creatures that seem to dwell timelessly in the natural world. Expressed in the series, The Aged and Unknown, these works capture the untamed mystery of some of our most thought-about but rarely understood animals. Born of blocks and plates, inks and oils, this series chronicles many intimate encounters and invites viewers to do the same. I have spent my entire professional career observing behaviors of creators -marveling at a hedge of herons, studying the habits of birds in flight, and grappling with the bizarre, cantankerous and snappish world of turtles. My intention is to present the creature in its natural form; to abstain from anthropomorphic messaging, to challenge the viewer to abandon the desire to attach ones own meaning and interpretation to the physical presence of a wild being.