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Portrait In Green
24x36, 1984, acrylic/canvas
I imagined myself on another planet somewhere in the galaxy. The night sky from this planet holds a moon with an atmosphere.
In My Dream
36x48, 1985, acrylic/canvas
I thought how interesting it would be to be on a planet like ours except in a different location in the galaxy. From this location you can see the center of our galaxy at night.
Summit: Women At The Edge Of Time
48x36, 1986, acrylic/canvas
Engaged in conversation or lost in contem- plative thought, this painting continues the idea put forth in Daybreak by Maxfield Parrish. Their world has expanded to include outer space.
Thoreau described a lake or pond as being Earths eye in which the beholder meas- ures the depth of his or her own nature. To me, a reflection signifies mindfulness, the Buddhist practice of being aware of whats happening.
Infinity stretches out beyond the portico where there is a spiral galaxy seen edge on; infinite possibilities exist.
Embroidering The Tapestry Of Life
32x60, 1983, acrylic/canvas
Much art throughout history is in some sense symbolic. What ties work using symbolism together is a belief in an inherent poetic or spiritual connection within the pattern or framework of the universe.
The word symbolism comes from the Greek symballein which means put together. Two merchants would break a piece of pottery and each keep one of the pieces. Later one could be identified by the one he held. In this way, the word came to mean something we could hold in our hand, or see in the case of a painting, that would have another part elsewhere.
The elsewhere for me is somewhere in the mind, conscious or subconscious, some- thing that is perhaps still to be realized. In this painting the women symbolize the coming together of races. This is something I hope will happen someday, not in tiny iso- lated instances, but universally. They work together to weave a tapestry that flows out- ward becoming the world, or worldview. It is up to us to shape our destiny.
Ishtar 16x20, 1989, acrylic/canvas
Ishtar is the name of the ancient Babylonian mother-sky goddess, sometimes called Ishtar-Aphrodite. The mother goddess reigned over the sky as well as the earth. I believe this painting speaks for itself.
24x36, 1993, acrylic/canvas
The bird in back of the figure is symbolic of the soul, and the elements of outer space of cosmic consciousness or wider perspective.
16x20, 1994, acrylic/canvas
El verano is the Spanish word for summer. Another painting that speaks for itself.
40x30, 1992, acrylic/canvas
The wanderer sets out to confront the unknown and in the process finds herself. The horse symbolizes a vehicle. He will take her where she wants to go. I like to think of a passage from Four Quartets by T.S. Elliot; We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
16x20, 1994, acrylic/canvas
When opposites unite they form a unique other, a synthesis. The two heads represent different aspects of ones personality.
16x20, 1995, acrylic/canvas
A woman stands before a butterfly at the end of a waterfall. The butterfly is an ancient symbol for transformation.
18x22, 1999, watercolor/paper
Mermaids have been around for a long time. There is a depiction of one in a frieze as early as 700 BC. They were usually thought of as being vain and morally reprehensible, luring men to their death.
For me, the mermaid symbolizes feminine beauty and the instinctual, intuitive nature. The fact that she is a water creature seems to indicate the subconscious.
30x40, 1996, acrylic/canvas
The cave opens to the universe or cosmic perspective. Water from Earth flows into it symbolizing our deep connection with the cosmic order, the mystery of which we are a part. The woman offers the flame of consciousness and wisdom to this order. A white owl hovers close to her, symbolizing her soul and wider perspective.
The Quest: Panels A and B Together
Acrylic on canvas, Diptych.
Woman Who Walks With Fire
8"x16", Mixed Media on illustration Board.