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Tattered Luna Moth

by Kaysha Siemens

Late last summer, I happened to look out the window of my studio, and saw a gift of a sight: a luna moth, tattered but still almost too lovely to be real, resting on a sprig of one of my garden plants. It clung unbothered while I snapped many a photo, before continuing on. Luna moths only live 7-10 days in their adult form, and I have only seen them in person a few times in my life. I don’t know how much longer this one lived after my brief lucky brush with it, but I feel lucky to have had a chance to immortalize it and share it here (and reprise one of my previous EDO pieces: my last luna moth painting was 2 years ago this very month). The moon in the sky is a waning crescent, symbolically echoing the brief beautiful life drawing to a close.

The painting is oil on aluminum panel, 5×7 inches. Please forgive my photos not being up to my usual standards! This painting is so fresh I could not yet lay it on my scanner for my usual super crisp detailed image. For the same reason, I could not photograph it in the frame, but it will be framed for safety when shipped. Of the three photos, the two on the easel are the most accurate, but the outdoor shot amidst my garden plants (taken with my phone, hence it being a little less faithful) was too thematically appropriate to omit. If you would like additional photos to see more/better detail, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

To see more of my work, visit my website at www.kayshasiemens.com, email me at kaysha.siemens@gmail.com, and follow me @kayshasiemens on Twitter and Instagram.

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I was born and raised in Canada, and now make my home near Asheville, NC, USA. My work is primarily figurative and narrative. I work mainly in oil and graphite. My current primary focus is Mnemosyne, an ongoing project inspired by Greek myth.

My goal is the object of beauty, but that goal is achieved through engagement in process, and neither aim is worthwhile without meaning and intention. I seek to talk about the ordinary with the language of story, to arrest with exquisite imagery, and ultimately to leave viewers with a feeling, a lingering sense, that they have had a brush with the sublime.