Acrylic on Board
36"w x 48"h
By chance the other day I happen upon Diana, the Roman virgin goddess of the hunt(Artemis to the Greeks). I recognized her from a painting in a book. She was checking her mailbox. I picked up the newspaper and handed it to her. Falling into easy conversation, she told me that in the old days she was protector of the weak and liked to hunt. She seemed to be rather proud of the fact that she was associated with the moon and her brother Apollo was likewise affiliated
with the sun.
Now, with one God running everything there’s not much for her to do. She has rented a room in an old house on Oak Grove Street and is quite content playing a background role as consultant and advisor to the One. Her old dog naps in the back yard waiting to go on walkies. She keeps mementos of the old days on her window sill, like Callisto, who she turned into a bear and Acteon who, after having the bad luck of coming upon her bathing naked in a stream, she turned into a stag. She still has a silver bow her father gave her and goes hunting on a deer lease out by Alpine, TX. After all these years she still looks as good in person as she does in the painting.