There is an animal native to South America called the Maned Wolf. I’ve long wanted to feature it in a painting. It is elegant, surreal and otherworldly. Here, my stylized version of it lives in this symbolic dreamscape with regards to the idea of desire. I am referring to the benign and natural human desire to expand. To be and experience more in life. That desire is at once wild and hungry and ever hunting for fulfillment. But it must also at times rest and allow the objects of its desires to naturally come to it. As symbolized by the butterflies attracted to the milkweed blossoms growing from its antlers.