This is the focus of a body of work Ive been developing over the last few years. Todays world brings much tragedy, both natural and man-made. It also presents incredible access to knowledge, but deep sadness for the worlds losses. We are left to mourn, but also to seek enlightenment. Exploring these issues via my art practice I seek a pathway to inspire thought and communication about the social issues of spirituality and mortality and how they bond with nature.
After studying and embracing Earth-centered spiritual systems and mythologies, as well as traveling to experience other cultures first hand, Ive developed my own symbols to represent several archetypes that I feel are part of our human foundation. The Mystic/Hermit represents introspection and our quest for knowledge and growth. The Mourner is someone we will all inevitably become, whether its to mourn a loved one or a global tragedy (more and more common today). The Tree of Life depicts all of nature, as well as humanity, and is a symbol found throughout history around the globe. The Tree also represents the highest level of wisdom the Mystic can reach. Ive chosen to explore these ideas through oil, watercolor and mixed-media paintings.
Many pieces in this series have been featured in solo, group and juried exhibits throughout NJ, NYC and MA. Some have been sold to private collectors but all are available as reproductions. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.<img style="font-family: yui-tmp;" class="yui-img" src="yui-tmp-img">