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Dark to Light

When I close my eyes I see two trains.

There were always two trains but I 

was only aware of one of them before - 

the train going to nowhere. 

And now I see there is another train 

running beside it going in the other direction. 

This is the train going to somewhere. 

I don’t know where somewhere is, 

but I’m getting on the somewhere train 

and putting all the things 

I don’t want to take with me 

onto the nowhere train.

 

In a precarious position, does one put their head in the sand to avoid their problems, allowing them to fester? Or does one choose to confront whatever issues exist in order to find solutions? 

The dark to light series is about perseverance. It is a physical exploration of the transition from black to white and a spiritual exploration of finding light in the darkness.

 

The paintings were created out of order to reflect the ups and downs, wins and setbacks, of the human condition. 

 

My own personal growth and emotional journey during a challenging time guided this series. No longer willing to tolerate festering, I examined my role in my circumstances, analyzing my behaviors and underlying motivations to understand where I could make changes. 

 

Unpleasant as it was, I found that as soon as I could articulate something I could then process it, let it go, and find a better path.

Whispers I, 30 x 40 inches, mixed media on canvas, SOLD

Whispers I is the first painting of this series. I kept adding black paint and scraping it off, looking for weak spots and then going at it with a palette knife. The lines represent finding a path out of the darkness.

 

Top left (red dot): Portal II, SOLD

Top right (white dot): Portal V

Bottom left (yellow dot): Portal III

Bottom right (blue dot): Portal IV

 

These four paintings are intended to act as incremental energy filters, similar to a charcoal filtration system for water. The circles represent both chakras in the body as well as general possibilities since all other colors can be created from the primary colors.

 

48 x 48 inches each, oil and acrylic on canvas; watch the making of these paintings on YouTube - if you watch the video to the end you'll see that, as much as I can put my intention into something, I think my environment will always influence my work. And I think there's a need for playfulness around that!

 

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Portal I, 48 x 48 inches, mixed media on canvas

The vertical bar in Portal I is meant to ground the circles, which represent thought bubbles. The idea here is that clarity is emerging. The transition from black to blue is the result of the filtration and transformation of “the gunk” in the previous paintings. 

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Portal VI, 48 x 60 inches, mixed media on canvas

 

Like Portal IPortal VI has a thick solid bar of color spanning the canvas. The transition from a vertical to horizontal bar is meant to be stabilizing. There are essentially three panels in this painting - the "chaos" from the lower panel rises up, is purified through the solid blue bar, and then is released in the upper panel. 

 

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Lift Off, 72 x 60 inches, mixed media on canvas

 

Lift Off is intended to break apart and release any remaining heaviness and create a sense of calm. The composition is less dense and the blue is becoming lighter.

 

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Top left: Meditation III, SOLD

Top right: Meditation IV

Bottom left: Meditation I, SOLD

Bottom right: Meditation II

 

The Meditation paintings are studies of Lift Off, intended to represent peaceful contemplative moments.

20 x 24 inches each, oil on canvas

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