'The Emissaries' is the name of first figurative series that explores the concept of the Triple Goddess: the virgin, the mother, the crone. They are meant to be a celebration of the stages women go through in life.
When an artist is in ”the zone”, time is meaningless. All of these were painted within a six-week time period. I was absolutely driven to complete them. Every chance I got, I was in my studio. Sometimes I don’t even remember doing a particular piece. I believe great things happen when an artist connects with the collective consciousness and their higher creative power.
The pink bird-like mother figure was the first completed painting and the springboard for the rest. The other two pieces in the first series more or less painted themselves - I was just the vehicle. Once the triptych format was established, I was free to explore the Virgin, Mother, Crone concept further.
These abstract figurative paintings were done with fluid acrylics on watercolor paper in a triptych format. Each picture measures 15” wide by 22” tall. The surface of the paper was textured by stamping with hand-made stamps or textured objects, the use of collage, or with acrylic gels.
You will find this artwork very inspirational. When displayed in as a group, they are captivating. This series of figurative paintings is guaranteed to evoke an emotional response. Enjoy the ride!
The Power of C:
Crones, Crowns, and Crows
'The Power of C: Crones, Crowns, and Crows' is all about the Crone. We often cringe when we hear that word. Most definitions have the crone cast in a negative light. According to Wikipedia, she 'is a stock character in folklore and fairy tale, an old woman. In some stories, she is disagreeable, malicious, or sinister in manner, often with magical or supernatural associations that can make her either helpful or obstructing. The Crone is also an archetypal figure, a Wise Woman.' Native Americans have long honored women of a certain age, designating them as guides and counselors with much wisdom to impart. That is what my series celebrates. Most of the women portrayed here have made huge contributions to their communities and society as a whole. We are much enriched for knowing them.
These paintings are my first depicting the divine feminine. The lovely red painting is named 'Urana' for the creative soul that she represents.
In Astrology, the planet Uranus plays an important role as the provocateur, the bringer of the cosmic wake-up call for both individuals and the collective as a whole. Just when we relax into our comfortable, stable lives, Uranus disrupts the scene. It can be through an event that happens to us, or self-initiated acts spurned on by a desire for change. The gift of Uranus is to set us free when we've become too rigid or structured. While it's influence is disruptive, and accidents are associated with this planet, a crisis tends to sharpen the focus, make you feel more alive. Uranus can remind you of what you really want, not what you've been conditioned to think you want.
The other paintings were experiments in texture and color to create unexpected figurative paintings.