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20"X30"  Acrylic 

The artists's view:  "TRANSITION ~ FLIGHT OF SOUL"  

This painting was inspired by the two ends of life's spectrum: birth and death. Choosing the butterfly as a symbol for the human soul was a natural choice; both probably share the same  practical feather weight and both take flight into the light.  It came as no surprise to learn that many of the ancient civilizations believed that butterflies were symbols of the human soul.  In dedication to the honor and memory of many souls near and dear to me who have entered my life through birth or left my life through death, this piece was rendered to celebrate the ultimate moment of transition in the flight of the soul.




The artist's view:  "THE MASK - HUNAB KU"  

The inspiration for " THE MASK - HUNAB KU " emerged from a deeper, greater sense of identity that is all inclusive; a self that is woven into the fabric of the universe. In quiet places of Spirit the superficial layer of who we are is removed and we are able to reach our true universal awareness.
While working on this piece I came across the Zapotec symbol of  'Hunab Ku',which represents the principal of intelligent energy that pervades the entire universe.
It links us not only to universality but to the rhythmic flow of sacred time by which the intelligent purpose of existence is manifested.
We are not separate from anything or anyone. It is impossible to be disconnected, and we are waking to this knowledge.
The ancient Mayans believed we are collectively entering a time of great transformation culminating on or around 12.21.12 when the sun returns to the galactic center.
I included the Hunab Ku because it is relevant.
The Mask is an extraordinary statement, modeled by my ordinary self, in a symbolic place without clutter.
We are the shamans. We are the saints. We are the  seers, the sages, the prophets.
We are all able to hear the great calling and reveal the true self behind the mask.






22"X28" ~ Acrylic, Mixed Medium





Sanctifico Dolor


18'X24" ~ Acrylic, 22K gold






24"X36" ~ Acrylic




24"X24" Acrylic

The artists's view:  "FOUR DIRECTIONS"


"FOUR DIRECTIONS" was one of a series of paintings inspired during and after a visit to Oaxaca, Mexico.

"FOUR DIRECTIONS" is a vision of Zapotec influenced orientation, where heaven and earth are tied together by a horizon of spiritual purpose and sacred geometry.

"FOUR DIRECTIONS" represents the crossing of energy and movement of the life force into the manifest world. In that sense it is like a spiritual map that unlocks the way of all things.






24"X24" ~ Acrylic, Mixed Medium  

The artists view: "MEZCALITO"

"Mezcalito" was one of a series of paintings inspired during and after a visit to Oaxaca (wah HAH' kah), Mexico.
A land and life steeped in magic, myth, and legend, it lies deep in the heart of Mexico seemingly disconnected from ordinary life and times beyond its boundaries.
Words cannot suffice, Oaxaca is an experience.  Oaxaca is something you breathe.
The synthesis of pre Columbian centers of Monte Alban and Mitla, The tree of Tule: world's largest living biomass, the intoxicating scent of roses and Gardenias carried on hat brims and baskets of street vendors, virtuoso balladeers  singing for spare change on the streets, the Zocalo busy with families, balloon and art vendors, lovers, colonial elegance, cheese, chocolate, and the signature sacrament of Mezcal made of Oaxaca's blue agave took on a life of its own and spoke to me as a Spirit.
And it showed me images.   
"Mezcalito" was certainly one of the most powerful images inspired by my time in Oaxaca.  The primary concept represents the resolution of conflict; the coming together of opposite forces upon a singular path. The marriage of the two is the fertile moment of the creative flow from the depths of infinite possibility.
This shamanic vision was charged with life energy springing forth as a golden serpent. The jaguar and coyote speak with the same voice.
A secondary lesson here is that things are not always as they seem.
It was an honor to paint "Mezcalito".


Don Juan's Knowledge


24"X48" Acrylic, 24K Gold

The artsist's view: "DON JUAN"S KNOWLEDGE"


"Don Juan's Knowledge was inspired by a passage from Carlos Castaneda's book, Tales of Power.

"The moths are the guardians of eternity"

"The moths carry a dust on their wings.  A dark, gold dust. That dust is the dust of knowledge"

"Knowledge comes floating like specks of gold dust, the same dust that covers the wings of moths.  So, for a warrior, knowledge is like taking a shower, or being rained on by specks of gold dust"

~don Juan






20"X30" ~ Acrylic





30"X32" ~ Acrylic, Mixed Medium

The artists's view:  "SURRENDER"

"SURRENDER" was one of a series of paintings inspired during and after a visit to Oaxaca, Mexico.
"SURRENDER" appeared as a disturbing, yet incredibly beautiful vision of human remains lying in the open desert reduced to maggots and decay.  In places where the decay created holes bright white living light beamed out as beacons on the darkness, a testimony to what endures of ourselves beyond circumstance, beyond grief, and beyond the seeming "end".
It is a piece about letting go, true freedom, and enduring peace.









24"X36" ~ Acrylic, mixed medium

The artist's view:  Inspired by Cuevas de las Manos (Spanish for "Cave of the Hands"), located in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina.

 The cave lies in the valley of the Pinturas River, in an isolated spot in the Patagonian landscape.  It is famous (and gets its name) for the painting of hands made by the indigenous inhabitants (possibly the forefathers of the Tehuelches) some 9,000 years ago.  The composition of the inks is mineral, so the age of the paintings was calculated from the remains of bone made pipes used for spraying the paint on the wall blocked by the hand.

The images of the hand are often negative (stenciled). Similar paintings, though in smaller numbers, can be found in nearby caves.  The color of the paintings vary from red (made from hematite), black, or yellow.  The negative hand impressions are calculated to be dated around 550 B.C., the positive impressions from 180 B.C., and the hunting drawings to be older than 10,000 years.

Most of the hands are left hands which suggests that the painters held the spraying pipe with their dexterous hand.

In this modern rendition of an ancient cosmovision, I have taken humankind's need to artfully express itself within a magic spiritual function and stretch its impression, fast forwarding from pictoglyphs to binary code, as we continue to leave behind a testimony and artifact to our indelible truth:  "I AM". 

Cueva de las Manos has been listed as a world heritage site since 1999.






24" X 30"    Acrylic 

The artist's view:  "NOSCE TE ISPUM ~ ATONEMENT"

The inspiration for this painting comes from the Latin phrase "nosce te ipsum" which translates to "know thyself".     To evolve in consciousness the self faces and accepts the wholeness of its being and integrates its duality through AT-ONE-MENT;  the gateway to Freedom.






16" X 40"" Oil on Canvas


The Artist's View

Deep within each of us is a yearning to actualize ourselves.  Beyond a mundane view, shrouded in mystery, is a process by which we become ...emerging new and changed.

METAMORPHOSIS - RELEASE speaks to the concept of the miracle of personal transformation.  The evolutionary event when the unconscious emerges and takes conscious flight.





 Gertrude Blom's KINBOR ~ 1959 Naja, Chiapas, Mexico


 24" X 24"  Oil on Canvas

The Artist's View:

This painting was inspired by the magnificent work of Gertrude (Trudi) Blom who photo documented the life and times of the Lacandon Maya living in the jungles of Chiapas, Mexico in the mid twentieth century.  Her husband, Franz, an anthropologist, worked on projects at the ancient Maya ruins of Bonampak, Yaxchilan, and Palenque.  The couple were passionate activists to save the Lacandon jungle from destruction caused by rapid deforestation and also served as advocates for the Lacandon community who drew their life sustenance from it.

After Franz' death in 1963, followed by Gertrude's death in 1993, their renovated monastery home in San Cristobal de las Casas, Na Bolom, was gifted  to continue serving and preserving the Lacandon people and protecting the Lacandon jungle environment. 

Na Bolom is a non profit organization, library, museum, and guest house attracting visitors from all over the world.

I have personally held a long time interest in ancient Maya history and served Maya communites for over a decade in my capacity as a registered nurse.  It is my absolute pleasure and honor to replicate this haunting photo of KinBor in oil on canvas.

For more information on Na Bolom and the work of Gertude Blom please go to this link:




  16" X 40"

  oil on canvas

The artist's view: The golden mean, or the golden ratio = 1.61803398875 and is represented by the Greek letter phi.  This painting is a tribute to what is considered to be the numerical sequence of divine proportion and aesthetically pleasing attributes utilized by masters of art, music, architecture, science, mathmatics, and nature itself. The golden ratio has fascinated Western intellectuals of diverse interests for at least 2,400 years.

According to Mario Livio:
"Some of the greatest mathematical minds of all ages, from Pythagoras and Euclid in ancient Greece, through the medieval Italian mathematician Leonardo of Pisa and the Renaissance astronomer Johannes Kepler, to present-day scientific figures such as Oxford physicist Roger Penrose, have spent endless hours over this simple ratio and its properties. But the fascination with the Golden Ratio is not confined just to mathematicians. Biologists, artists, musicians, historians, architects, psychologists, and even mystics have pondered and debated the basis of its ubiquity and appeal. In fact, it is probably fair to say that the Golden Ratio has inspired thinkers of all disciplines like no other number in the history of mathematics."
- Mario Livio,The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, The World's Most Astonishing Number p. 6


2015  Oil on Canvas
10" X 20"

Artist's View

Life emerges transformed from the void.



Passage To Xibalba   (Shee ball BUH)


18" X 27"  oil on canvas.

Artist's view:

This piece was inspired by two people. The first is my sister Jeanne, who passed away suddenly in 2012. She was, among many things, my first influence in art. She also introduced me to the land of the Maya...And she was a devoted lover of dogs.

The second is R. Jon McGee, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Southwest Texas State University, and author of  "Life, Ritual, And Religion Among The Lacandon Maya".

In his book there is a beautiful passage which tells that, according to Lacandon mythology,

when a person dies, one's soul must face and overcome several challenges as it passes to  Xibalba, the underworld. In the  last of these trials the soul comes to a river that is not really a river- it is the tears that the soul's family and friends have cried in their grief. To help the soul cross this obstacle, the soul of his or her favorite dog comes to help its master to swim across the river and find passage into Xibalba. 

Because it was not possible for me to have my sister and her favorite dog model for me, I have substituted myself. 

I would also like to dedicate this piece to the memory of some dear friends who have crossed over and made their journey during  the  months that I worked on Passage to  Xibalba~

A'court Bason

Tomasz Adamowicz



Oil and 24k gold on canvas

18" X 18"

Artist's view:

This painting speaks to the heartbreak and beauty of living.



20"X30" ~ Acrylic



20"X30" ~ Acrylic


A still life study

2016  oil on canvas


TEETH - Pair Of Still Life Studies
5 X 7 oil on canvas



18" X 24"   oil on canvas

Image by Daestock/Deviant Art. Referenced by permission.


A still life study


9" X 12"  oil on canvas



10" X 20"  oil, cochineal ink, and 24k gold on canvas

Agony and Ecstasy share a common thread:  LOVE.


18” X 24” oil on canvas



24" X 36"   oil on canvas


A CD cover design for the Soulful collection of original songs by talented songwriter, Russ Arlotta

18” X 24” oil on canvas


16 X 40
Oil , 22k gold, 12k gold on canvas


WINGS - A Monarch Study

8X10 Oil on canvas