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TRANSITION - FLIGHT OF THE SOUL
The artists's view: "TRANSITION ~ FLIGHT OF SOUL"
THE MASK - HUNAB KU
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.
22"X28" ~ Acrylic, Mixed Medium
ENERO AGOSTO OCTOBRE
18'X24" ~ Acrylic, 22K gold
24"X36" ~ 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"
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"
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.
OUT OF THE BOX
CONTINUUM - I AM
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.
NOSCE TE IPSUM ~ ATONEMENT
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.
METAMORPHOSIS - RELEASE
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.
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:
UP IN SMOKE
Passage To Xibalba (Shee ball BUH)
18" X 27" oil on canvas.
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~
Oil and 24k gold on canvas
18" X 18"
This painting speaks to the heartbreak and beauty of living.