These paintings and drawings were inspired by the old Finnish folk tales collected into the epic poem the Kalevala. I have been to Finland many times and am learning to read the language. I spoke Finnish as a child but had to switch to English before entering school. These old stories touch a deep chord inside of me. When I read them I realized I had already been illustrating them without knowing it.
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oil on panel 39x25'
Aino was a young woman who, in order to escape marrying an old man, run s away and jumps in a lake where she sees a beautiful rock. When she gets to the rock and climbs up on it, it sinks, and she drowns and turns into a fish.
Part of the collection of Dante Iacavoni.