Title: The Guardian
Size: 6″ x 8″ ~5″
The Guardian was created using a paper mache skull, amethyst chips, rose quartz chips, and acrylic paint mounted on wood.
The Guardian was originally created in 2010. It was part of a large grouping called Spirits Remembered. After the initial showing, I split the grouping up.
In 2016, I decided to finish off the remainder of the skulls and retire the theme. This was one of the few pieces from that original set that remained unsold. I still really liked him so I decided to give him a bit of a facelift. My original skulls did not feature white teeth, I left them the same color that I painted the skull. My later skulls had this feature, which brings them to life a bit more. My first step for the facelift was to color in his teeth. It’s amazing how something so relatively minor really changes the overall look of a piece. Once the paint dried, I outlined them using a silver Sharpie marker. The second part of the facelift I decided to many more amethyst and rose quartz gems.
I chose the name because I envisioned him as a temple guard. He guards the vaults of kings and queens, brimming with gems & jewels.