My art is an attempt to offer visual anchors for the viewer to help them navigate through difficult and challenging times

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My paintings are a platform to share my belief that life can be expansive, depending on how we choose to view our experiences

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My dream is to create a bridge between indigenous and modern cultures, reconnecting to a fundamental source of knowledge and understanding

Choice and discipline are essential in taking responsibility for one's life. If we choose positive vortexes over negative, we can build a foundation for joy and inner peace. I consistently choose subject matter and colors to lead the viewer into contemplation of these essential truths.
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In reviewing fifty years of painting I have focused on two major themes: portraits from the diverse cultures and traditions that I have met during my international travels, and the beauty and importance of the cardinal elements in indigenous philosophy and religion. Portraits are a great joy to paint as I am at ease in communicating with strangers regardless of language. In creating over 100 portraits I have focused on the notion of beauty in diversity.
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One thing that we all share on this planet is the elements of earth, water, fire and air. Studying the elements reveals the mindset of indigenous peoples worldwide and provides a pathway to understand the ancient traditions that are now finding scientific support in the modern world. In all instances I incorporate the relationship between the micro and macrocosm so that each painting is a representation of the physical world and its connection to the ethereal world. These paintings ask us to study our link to the universe and the common thread that ties all living things together.

 

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