My work is concerned with the nature of Mind and how to visually convey the moment that consciousness emerges from the emptiness. it is within the mainstream of the Northwest School of Visionary/Spiritual painters, esp., Mark Tobey and Morris Graves.
The work is founded on "reductionism," simplicity that eliminates elements that come between the viewer and the idea. These for the foundation of non-objective realism. The Galleries trace the journey from the classical landscape to reflections on the Buddhist notion of "Emptiness."
Some notes on the titles:
Shikantaza is a Zen mediation practice of actualizing of Emptiness. We watch the mind… thoughts come and go.. no judgments are made. Non-figurative images arise like clouds, color fields, single thoughts that disturb the silence of the emptiness. Questions arise: Who watches? From where do these images arise? Is emptiness the ultimate blank canvas waiting for creation.
Satchitananda reflect meditations on the core ideas of Satchitananda/Vedanta (Being, Consciousness, Bliss), and the non-differentiated unity of the unchanging Brahma and constantly changing Maya.
The Bereishith Suite Gallery is a sample of a group of paintings based on the Bereishith, the first six chapters of the book of Genesis. The numbers refer to the Chapter and Verse, while the symbols in parenthesis refer to the timeline of the creation.
The Kundalini Suite is an interpretation of the traditional Chakras with the addition of the oft theorized mystical out of body energy center. The colors are those associated with each Chakra.
The work that appears in the Contemporary Landscape Gallery focuses on same themes in a more intentional, albeit simplified, expression of the natural world. They are less concerned with reality in favor of the expression of silence.
The Classical Landscape Gallery is a selection of paintings that informed my evolution from traditional realism to the development of non-objective realism.