Over the past 30 years, I have pursued self-expression through figure-drawing, painting, sculpting and pottery. Figure drawing and painting have been my first love. The content, symbolism, and technical expression of my paintings are interwoven with my philosophical contemplations, visionary experiences, and life experiences. I have traveled through Europe, Greece, Egypt, North America, Mexico, Central America, South America, Tahiti, Thailand, and India, visiting art museums, ancient ruins, temples and the peoples.
I have participated in many artist groups and self-awareness groups such as: Jungian Dream Analysis, Art Therapy, Dance Therapy, Self-encounter, Astrology and Eastern Spirituality. I have become the student and friend of many yogis and healers and have sponsored their visits and lectures in my home. I teach art, as well as, yoga and meditation. I also give astrological readings. I honor all beings, Mother Earth, and the Divine Cosmos.
Over the years, I have painted a geometric series, a surrealistic series, an abstract stain painting series and a political art series which on the flip side led me and my art into mysticism, visionary experiences, and shamanism. For a period, the images of my political paintings reflected the darker side of society, such as, missiles, politics, sexism and war. I painted these images hoping that society would reflect upon these, and thus raise its consciousness. However, I found that the morbidity of these chronic cycles of war and pain only enhanced my own sadness and pain.
I wanted to paint images to alleviate humanities pain. I contemplated upon love, prayer, and healing. I contemplated, "What is the highest form of love, beyond and without personal sentiment?" I questioned how could I transform my political images into prayer, blessings, and healing images. The painting "Missiles and Coffee Cups" and the sculpture "Missile Totem" led me into shamanism. Both these art works started as a satire on society, but then I turned the painting experience into prayer and ritual by adding healing elements. My paintings now symbolize the seeking of oneness through the union of opposites, such as, the male and female, heaven and earth, the human and the universe, etc.
When using acrylic paint, I paint spontaneously flinging liquid transparent layers onto the raw canvas. This experience feels primordial, because I get a sense of connectedness with the cosmos when I attempt to create images of stars, planets, and galaxies. Then I paint in more detail with both thick opaque textures and glazes. The transparent layers absorb into the canvas to convey depths of space and colorful vibrations. The textures create light reflections. For me it is a symbolic parallel of the inner depths of the Self and the outer expanses of life and space. I use color for its symbolism as well its compositional effects in space. I paint large areas of color as well as fine details. I love to paint large mural size paintings so I can dance using my whole body movement in the process of creating art. A large painting encompasses the viewer as well as draws them into the image. "Seeking Oneness" is made of seven canvases bolted together to form a twelve feet equilateral triangle. "Divine Ecstasy" has a five foot nine inch square canvas bolted over a nine feet circular canvas. My artwork is said to be surreal, magical realism, visionary art, mystical art, figurative art, mythical art, etc.
In 2002, I met Prof. Philip Rubinov-Jacobson who is a brilliant Visionary Artist who teaches Mische' Technique (Egg Tempera and Oil), also known as old master technique as developed by the artist Van Eyck. I studied this technique with Philip, during his wondrous 2-3 week workshops in Austria in 2002, Italy in 2003, Germany in 2004, and Austria in 2005. I also studied a similar technique with Robert Venosa and Martina Hoffmann in Cadaques, Spain in 2006. They had all studied under Ernst Fuches in Austria.
Mische' Technique is a wonderful medium for Visionary and Fantastic Art. With the white egg tempera, I feel like I am painting with white light. The egg tempera paints very fine lined details as well as giving great illusions of water and atmosphere. Between the fine detailed white brilliance and the layering of colored oil glazes, the paintings emanate a jewel-like brilliance.
I'm always learning and experimenting with new techniques to create beauty, as well as express my philosophical thoughts and symbolic images. I hope you enjoy the exhibit. Please feel free to email me with any of your comments or thoughts.