Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Thicket of Views

Newest painting... "A Thicket of Views" 16x20 oil on canvas. The Buddha described this as asking the BIG, albeit irrelevant questions when pertaining to daily life. Questions that have no answers, yet divide, create judgement, separate, form lines in the sand, even begin wars. It is enough to wake each morning, put one foot in front of the other, and experience this day... although not many of us can do that. We live in the past or we project into the future. Rarely do any of us really exist in the moment. The Buddha advised stepping out of the thicket of views, dropping these ideas and concepts, for there is no happiness to be found there. Happiness is in the now.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Lost Hope

Lost Hope, 8x10 oil on panel... something Im experiencing at the moment...

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Exploring the Looking Glass

Exploring the Looking Glass, 30x40 oil on gallery wrapped linen... This painting was done as an expression of my own confusion and lack of understanding about death. With the death of my sister and the myriad of recent deaths around me, I have been contemplating what actually happens after death... is there existence? And if so, what is it? So many views, so many beliefs, none of which can be proven one way or another. Maybe there is no other option but to mindfully abide in the mystery.

Borrowed Strength

Borrowed Strength, oil on linen... this painting was done soon after we learned that my baby sister was suffering with stage 4 lung cancer. It felt as though the family became one unit, sharing each others strength and holding one another up.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Collective Consciousness

A Collective Consciousness 12x16 oil on canvas

Friday, March 14, 2014

Deconstructing the Puppeteer, 12x23 oil on board... We go through our lives viewing the world through our ego perceptions, perceptions that are nothing more than our preferred views, and we tend to believe that our view or perception is the correct one, so we feel empowered, and in control, we feel safe. In Buddhism we are encouraged to eliminate the power of the ego in our lives.  The concepts of me, I, and mine belong to ego, and are merely an illusion, as there is no me nor I, merely a group of opinions, or views which make up our personality. The personality is not who we are, but simply a display of our ego's needs, wants and desires. Without the influence of our egos, we are able to see the world as it truly is, free of our judgements, views, opinions, likes and dislikes. Without the ego, we are able to see everything in our lives in its ultimate reality, in its simple beauty, and accept it as such. This state of being brings about much happiness, dispels suffering, and is what is called enlightenment. This painting shows someone on the path to deconstructing that ego, and finding Nirvana. She is cutting the ego strings that have kept her imprisoned in a world of illusion.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Emptiness of Words, 24x30 oil on linen. Words, our form of communication, which when we mindfully speak, we do believe that we are conveying what we intend to. However, words are subject to the perception of others, thereby often changing their intended meaning. Wars have begun over the mis-understanding of words. Friendships have ended, marriages failed... We believe that communication is a simple task, appears it is not simple at all.