This is one of a pair of paintings done as an experiment to see how readily my acrylic painting style would work in the egg tempera medium. Both paintings are compositions using the same symbolic elements: an egg, an ammonite fossil, and the leaf of a ginkgo tree.
In my work, the ammonite fossils are symbolic of extinction while the Ginkgo is a symbol of survival and endurance against all odds. In these paintings, they are used in symbolic opposition, with life—symbolized by the egg—poised between. It was a private joke on my part to make an egg the central object in my first-ever egg tempera painting.
About the author
Michael Whelan (Michael Whelan)
Since 1980, Michael Whelan has been one of the world’s premier fantasy and science fiction artists. He is currently working full time on his fine art paintings, but in the past three decades he has created more than 350 book and album covers for authors and artists like Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen King, the Jacksons, Sepultura, and MeatLoaf. Read more on Michael's Biography page.