"The Land before time", 2019, Oil on Canvas, 30 by 40 inches, Ashley Beerdat
"The Land before time", 2019, Oil on Canvas, 30 by 40 inches, Ashley Beerdat
Calamity: a sky replaced by roiling fire, surging downward to boil the sea and consume the lush vegetal wilderness.
Below, the great beasts with skin like jewel-toned leather recoil in terror.
"Sharptooth vs Spiketail", 2020, Gouache and Oil on Canvas Paper, 9 by 12 inches, Ashley Beerdat
"Sharptooth vs Spiketail", 2020, Gouache and Oil on Canvas Paper, 9 by 12 inches, Ashley Beerdat
The ancient jungle is a jewel-toned fantasy: soft fronds overlaid by dramatic leaves frame the cool glow of shallow pool.
At its centre, two great beasts meet in battle: sharp teeth against armor-plated spine.
"The Santuary", 2020, Gouache and Oil on Canvas Paper,  9 by 12 inches, Ashley Beerdat
"The Santuary", 2020, Gouache and Oil on Canvas Paper, 9 by 12 inches, Ashley Beerdat
The great beasts have come together, taking respite in the soft light reflecting from the opalescent ponds. Lush foliage surrounds the space like a protective embrace. The distant mountains form a shield wall against the looming flames.
"The Trek To Oasis", 2020, Gouache and Oil on Canvas Paper, 9 by 12 inches, Ashley Beerdat
"The Trek To Oasis", 2020, Gouache and Oil on Canvas Paper, 9 by 12 inches, Ashley Beerdat
An armored beast shelters among tufted fronds that reach inward, as if to create a nest, hidden and safe. The beast knows this safety is only an illusion; it turns its tusked head in fear toward the distant glow erupting into the sky. The stony crags of its face anticipate its petrified future.
"Invading An Empire", 2019, Oil on Canvas, 30 by 40 inches, Ashley Beerdat
"Invading An Empire", 2019, Oil on Canvas, 30 by 40 inches, Ashley Beerdat
AAn ancient cityscape like a mosaic, a rich cacophony of colours and textures.
Large creatures, like echoes of the Cretaceous greats, churn the harbour and scuttle its ships with their bouldered limbs.
Land-bound beasts with softer hides, clad in fur or shielded by golden armour, flee the encroaching chaos.
"Juggernaut", 2019, Oil on Canvas, 9 by 12 inches, Ashley Beerdat
"Juggernaut", 2019, Oil on Canvas, 9 by 12 inches, Ashley Beerdat
A battle: swarming bodies, rough and blocky as if hewn coarsely from polychromed rock, crushing inward, collapsing the open plain.
Figures of the present, brutish and strong, lunge against the fading past.
"The Epirota Phalanx", 2019, Oil on Canvas, 9 by 12 inches, Ashley Beerdat
"The Epirota Phalanx", 2019, Oil on Canvas, 9 by 12 inches, Ashley Beerdat
Against the endless blue of a Mediterranean sky, its horizon spanned by an army, two figures meet in battle.
These are great beasts, though they are more fragile than their Cretaceous progenitors: instead of leather or stone, their hides are textured like panes of crown glass, protected beneath layers of bright cloth and metal. Their movements are unwieldy; they are merely vehicles for the aggression of the small, delicate creatures who ride atop their backs. These creatures lack sharp teeth and claws, so they have fashioned tools to serve in their place.
"Battle of Benevento", 2019, Oil on Canvas, 9 by 12 inches, Ashley Beerdat
"Battle of Benevento", 2019, Oil on Canvas, 9 by 12 inches, Ashley Beerdat
Across the desert, an endless army drives the great grey creature forward.
Its head is bowed and its limbs are braced as it is met by the opposing onslaught. Like the creature, these foes are shielded by cloth and metal that shine even more brightly than the sand. Their movements are quick, fluid, and turbulent; they dash upon the creature like rapids against a boulder.