The rabbit paintings, which I also consider portraits, are a place for me to find new ways of constructing a living figure without being concerned with facial likeness or gender. Having had a lifelong connection with the rabbit as a symbol of comfort, both it’s familiarity and its fecundity seems to willingly support my continual experimentation with mark making. By attaching the familiar and seemingly well-loved rabbit image to a larger subject matter, I can draw attention to greater concerns I have such as the importance of environmental protection or acknowledge the death of a particularly influential cultural figure.