This painting was commissioned by a client. It is a portrait of her beloved father, who passed away when she was in her early teens. When she first saw the completed portrait, she was so moved by the likeness to the father she remembered that she burst into tears. I too am moved by how art touches people. I connected deeply to this wonderful man in the process of bringing him to life on the canvas. I relied exclusively on an old favorite photograph the client gave to me. The background came purely from my imagination, capturing the essence of this man's spirit, which I felt was very regal in nature. This is why I named the painting "Royal Essence."
"Jnanagni" is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning "the fire of wisdom." The woman featured in this painting was undoubtedly illuminated by this trait. Her incredible breadth of life experience made her extremely strong and wise. She passed away in 2012. In 2014 this woman's granddaughter commissioned me to breath the life and soul of her grandmother into form. She gifted the painting to her father as an honoring, a remembrance, and an embrace of the Jnanagni energy that his mother walked with throughout her life.
Flowers of Life
"Flowers of Life" is covered by an ancient symbol known for thousands of years as the Flower of Life. This symbol consists of 64 overlapping circles. It is considered to be a sacred geometric symbol seen in ancient cultures ranging from the ancient Egyptians to the Mayans. This geometry is said to hold the building blocks of nature, including the Phi ratio and the Fibonacci spiral. The large blossomed flowers stand in for phenomena already realized and manifest. On the other hand, the many tiny buds represent matter still in the form of potential and possibility. It required masterful work with a compass as well as meticulous strategizing to get the background pattern exactly right.
portal: moon | cancer
This portrait was made while working from a live model. I was intrigued by the energy held in the model's back. I sought to illuminate the tension held in this area. I painted the background a vibrant red so as to give the model an adequate dose of intensity to his presence. This red is the color of the root chakra, the first spiritual energy vortex located on a human's lower spine. The ancient Sanskrit name for the Root Chakra is Muladhara. This is how I came to title this portrait "Muladhara Essence."
With this painting I explored the subject of reincarnation, the rebirth of a soul into a physical body. The light colored hues billowing on the painting's outer edges represent the spiritual plane of existence. In the center, a portal dilates, opening to reveal an alternative plane of existence: planet earth. On the portal's edge, a human figure emerges from the colors. It steps into the darkness of space and heads toward the blue and green sphere of earth, ready for another turn at the game of life.
Only a sliver of reality can be perceived by the human eyes. What lies beyond these perceivable realms of existence? The painting "Parallel Realities" shows a girl who is sitting on a bench in a field of grass. Blue skies and white clouds hover over her head. Above this scene, parallel dimensions unfold. Tiny silhouettes can be seen galavanting atop folds of color. The image may look otherworldly, however, perhaps only because this very world consists of so much more than what's visible to the naked eye.