The control of light and shading in this picture is to my mind exquisite. This, in my humble opinion, is the closest Maria gets to so-called ‘High Art’. The physical aspect of the dragons with symmetrically curved bodies; the entwined tails – a hallmark of Maria’s work – complement the entire composition. The claw holding a Silmaril-like gem presented at off-side to the foreground Dragon produces the implicit power of her/its magic. The hues of reddish make this an outstanding visual work, one that has simplicity yet deep, deep magic. A truly primal look into our Cosmos of myth.