The Stag’s Head

2021, Digital Painting

“The Stag’s Head” was inspired by my studio name and my love of nature and symbolism. It was specifically designed to use as my artist logo.

Before now, I have always used a red deer for my studio logo. I have become fascinated by the White Stag of Merlin since visiting a small church in the French, Breton Forest of Brocéliande which has a stunning mosaic of the Merlin Stag. The local priest decided to incorporate local legends into all the art within the church which I thought was marvellous! Since then I decided to transform my logo into a white stag.

Nestled amongst the antlers of this stag are natural attributes which represent the four elements: earth, air, fire and water. At first I was going to create a dual stag of both my original red deer and the new Merlin’s white hart but as I was sketching it the fire spiralled up all on it’s own and I felt drawn to incorporating the four elements instead. All of the gems of nature I selected are picked for specific reasons but that is quite a bit to type about. Maybe I could write something on them in my future blog.

Take a peek if you can spot all the different elements! Her is a breakdown if you can’t spot them all:
Earth: Oak Leaf, Mistletoe Branch, Poppy Flower and Pixie Parasol Mushrooms (Mycena Interrupta)
Air: The Full Moon and Stars, Peacock Butterflies (open and closed), Bee and Blue Jay Feather
Fire: the central Fire Spiral
Water: Trumpet Shell and New Zealand Paua Shell