The "Animals" explore the exact moment of confrontation, as if the viewer is being observed as well as the subject. As in nature, this experience gives the onlooker the option to either walk away unaffected, or sympathize and connect on a deeper individual level. The scale and totemic format of the tall vertical paintings act as a mirror to the viewer. The exaggerated size and invented color of the subject manner allows the paintings to function as a symbolic representation. By using multiple sources and personal memory, the painted image of an owl can function more so as a generalized idea and not as one particular individual.