« The Myth of Selene »

First Prize, Figuration Salon 2000, Laurier Museum. 

 Oil on canvas, 48 x 64 in. (122 x 163 cm), 1997-2001 

 

Greek mythology: Selene personifies the goddess of the Moon. She is depicted as a young woman whose skin is dazzling white. 

Selene had many lovers including Pan who gave her a bright white fleece as a gift. Her most famous romantic passion remains the one she felt for the shepherd Endymion, to whom the gods agreed immortality to the condition of being immersed in an eternal sleep. 

At each of the eclipses of the moon, it is said that a dragon seeks to devour Selene. Magicians of Thessaly then come to her rescue to prevent the monster to take her baleful meal. 

 

D. J.