These works represent specific transitions. Some of them are transitions of butterflies or plants or other animals. Some of them are my own personal energetic transitions. Through the use of color and movement-suggesting line and tight-squeeze turns, the viewer is invited into the concept of transformation in an unusual way--hopefully inspiring a more open and accepting view of times marked by extreme change. We emerge, and so often for the better.
The top painting is entitled Monarch Transition. It abstractly yet precisely represents the three life phases of a monarch butterfly. The first being the colors of its caterpillar phase, before it squeezes and twists into the cocoon--magic and its minty color the backdrop of the piece--and then twists open again into a butterfly of orange, black and white.
The second is an abstract representation of a first transition I made to leave a place I lived for seven years. The colors are open for interpretation. It was more that twisting sensation, that squeeze and the energy of the entrance and exit that I wanted to capture as an initial concept. More to come!
Various abstract studies of the Buddha--enjoy!
Through the use of whales and subtle color schemes, these pieces abstractly represent the unconscious as if it were the deep sea, full of whales. Whales are massive animals that do not bite people or actively harm people so much as haunt those not equipped to take on their power and navigate the depths, the darkness and the unknowns.
So much inside of us to be discovered. Everything outside of us is within us. Everything we can perceive and that takes our breath away is signaling that which lives in our unconscious experience as reality. The idea of plunging into the deep sea, among massive creatures who are gentle is fitting in that they won't hurt you unless you imagine they will--in which case you are hurt by your own imagination!
In a world where we see renditions of penises everywhere, I would like to be part of a light and beautiful movement to celebrate the uterus--our first home, and what some would say is a hidden/unspoken chakra. It is a powerful place. It is not easy to keep it in mind unless we see it!
I like to paint it in a pop-art way. In a way where you aren't quite sure what you are looking at at first but it looks familiar.
I also like to paint it with the Buddha--Tathagatagarbha is the name for Buddhahood, which literally means "the womb of what is gone," in sanskrit. It can also mean embryo but this concept of womb implies empty space, that which receives, nourishes, brings ideas to life. It does not possess so much as become as close as one can get to the life of another and yet it is so selfless, natural in its ability to release it.
There is a lot of good info out there about these relatively unsung female heroes; like how his wife, Yasodhara, fasted and wore orange robes and followed all of his practices as she heard of him doing them. Later she caught up with him, became a disciple and preceded him into the deathless realm.
A professional journalist for over a decade, I like to make comments about things. As a science journalist, I like to let phenomena speak for themselves ... creating just the right frames to evoke emotion or interest, depending on what is called for, in my opinion! What's your opinion?