Someone's Son
  • The Price
  • oil on canvas
  • 79"x49"
  • 1991
Black Hole
  • Sentinel
  • mixed media sculpture
  • 96"x24" dia
  • The Price, in the background
  • 1991
The Marriage
  • Compassionate Embrace
  • oil on canvas
  • 60"x84"
  • 2009
Kiss the Sky
  • Guardian, diptych
  • oil on canvas
  • 48"x60"
  • 2011
Nesting
  • Night Rider
  • oil on canvas
  • 87"x67"
  • May 7, 2012

Artist's Notes

The journey of my spiritual development is documented in this group of paintings. Sometimes I was painting from dreams, sometimes from directives I heard, and sometimes just the unconscious impulses and directions of the moment.

“The Price” is my favorite painting. The insights it revealed to me were profound: about how one journeys toward one's best Self, founded on the bones of our predecessors and companioned by a nebulous, mysterious, and awesome guardian energy that revealed itself in the upper center of the painting. This mysterious appearance while painting reminds me that this energy is ever-present whether we know it, see it, or acknowledge it.

The companion sculpture, “Sentinel,” was assembled from found objects and handmade objects that include a skull found by my son at the beach, branches, thread, and a handmade paper cast torso. The physicality of its presence now on my studio wall provides comfort and companionship.

“Compassionate Embrace” describes the profound power of intentional, compassionate community and associations of the heart in the interest of contributing to the wellbeing of all - an interest reinforced in me by four of my life mentors: Marshall Rosenberg, author of Nonviolent Communication; Betty Sheerer and Stephen Aizenstadt, dreamwork wizards; and Mark Feinknopf, community champion.

“Guardian” emerged as a more tangible depiction of that central nebulous energy first pictured in “The Price.” It provides daily reminder of that possibility as it hangs over my bed, guarding my sleep, dreams, and overall wellbeing.

The unfolding of “Night Rider” is unique to my experience. In the space between sleeping and waking one morning I “saw” a huge mounted figure who “said” that he wanted to be seen and seen on a very large canvas. You can track his development in the Development Gallery if it interests you.

I feel absolutely awed and profoundly privileged to be able to allow these images to speak through me and hope that you will find value from spending time with them.

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