The Death of Cleopatra

This is my second attempt at capturing the famous end to the life of Egyptian Queen Cleopatra when she committed suicide through an asp bite. It is still unclear how historically accurate that is.

With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate
Of life at once untie: poor venomous fool
Be angry, and dispatch.

—Cleopatra, Act V, scene II
Antony and Cleopatra

So this is the painting



This is what inspired it


And this is the 2009 version


The Death of Cleopatra, 2009

What Katie Davis says about this:

This is so cool! First of all, I love your reference picture!! Your Cleopatra costume is amazing! I really like how you painted the scales on the snake! It’s so detailed! And I have probably said this before, but I am mesmerized by the way you paint hands! Her clothing is so beautiful as well! And I really like her expression; like acceptance and almost relief? It feels serene but ominous at the same time and it’s so cool that I’m sensing such contradicting emotions from one piece! I love this! Absolutely beautiful!

What Kathleen Morrill says about this:

I love the textures of everything in this :0 especially in the hands and skin.

The Oracle

I wanted to do something with an Egyptian theme, so with a picture of a dancing girl that I found online, I built this composition.

Also, historically, Alexander the Great went to visit the oracle at the Siwa Oasis in Egypt and it was there that he was told that he was the son of a god.


This scene reminded me of a similar dancing oracle from the film 300.