This rapidly evolving series of work is the result of my study of the parallel natures of Jungian depth psychology, and shamanic ritual from our collective pre-historic past.
There are no English words to describe this topic with precision; therefore it makes a perfect subject for the abstract representation of communication via wordless symbols, rather than the written or spoken language.
Though the paintings might necessarily employ “signs” with which we are all familiar, there can be no expectation that a circle is a circle, merely the realization and acceptance that one must make do with the tools at hand. Written language ill serves us in the realm of the mysterious transfer from the source to the seeker. The means of transfer are archetypal in nature, but the symbols merely serve as the map. They are not the territory.
The conflicted state of mind born of a nagging sense of isolation, or separation from the source, takes many turns and faces crises that do not yield to intelligence. The shaman’s journey, and subsequent role as guide to the supplicant, has been ignored lately, and graciously retired until bidden to return.
Modern man has faith in pills. Loss of soul is not among the topics rendered into the medical students’ mind. The machine age has made the machine the reason to go on building more machines. Renewal of the desire to question the reason for more machines is in order, but not wanted.
Depicting the convincing, but illusory nature of duality in the human condition interests me above all else, whether it drives the person toward an intellectual solution from the psychiatrist’s chair, or the trance journey from the shaman’s cave. The fact that this unspoken need somehow gains supremacy over the day to day insistences reveals the foundational truth that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience. It spills over, prompting a turning away from the machine - in conflict with the inner man – precipitating the crisis that matters more than the next breath you take.
What appeals to me in the pictures is that they engage my imagination, causing me to wonder what’s being said, and inviting me to resolve it for myself. In line, form and color, the paintings are intended to invite you to enjoy your own search.