My concern is with things you can't carry home in your pocket. Paintings within the mainstream of the mystic Northwest School of Painters. My focus is on what the Buddhists call “emptiness.” Emptiness really isn’t empty, it contains the potential for everything. I seek that point where existence forms intent and consciousness begins. Thought condenses into action and matter; it’s that differentiated Space where our universe begins.
Some notes on the Gallery 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 clouds, color fields, single thoughts that disturb the silence of field, space without context. Questions arise: Who watches? From where do these images arise? Is emptiness the ultimate blank canvas seeking creation.
Deriving from Shikantaza, Satchitananda is the core of Hindu metaphysics with its focus on the core ideas of Being, Consciousness, Bliss, and the non-differentiated unity of the unchanging Brahma and constantly changing Maya. The images at work in these paintings capture the interplay of light on the atmosphere.
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.