2017, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 48″
2017, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 48″
acrylic on two canvas panels, 48 inches x 72 inches, 2017.
Streams of Consciousness
acrylic on canvas, 36 inches x 58 inches, 2017.
A school of visionaries swim the cosmic sea. Traveling beyond worldly thresholds they venture into realms of universal discovery. Inspired, they return to the land of time and place as messengers of spirit.
The Legend of Little Meadow
acrylic on canvas, 42 inches x 60 inches, 2017.
The Legend of Little Meadow is a painting inspired by dream-visions of a medicine woman whose compassion for her people brought them collective healing.
Totemic Spirit of the Kingfisher
acrylic and copper leaf on canvas, 72 inches x 48 inches, 2017.
Totemic Spirit of the Kingfisher depicts a Gathering of the People (pow wow) to invoke Kingfisher vision. In balancing the feminine with the masculine, the above with the below, and the within with the without, the seers see what there is to see. The observer and observed become one and abundance abounds.
Bridging the Great Divide
acrylic on canvas, 42 inches x 58 inches, 2017.
” Love @ War “
acrylic on canvas, 48 inches x 72 inches, 2017.
Depicting Thunderbird & Snake mythology, medicine and sacred magic.
“Were there no villians there would be no need for heroes.
In battle become the spirit of the Thunderbird and transform the moment.”
“In Spirit We’re Already There”
2017, acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 68″
“The Way of the Moon”
acrylic on canvas, 44″ x 60″, 2017
“Long ago cataclysm forced the People to journey far out into the ocean in search of a new home. One day they discovered a Seaway that led deep into a vast land of fresh water lakes teeming with life. As they ventured deeper they happened upon a beautiful island shaped like a turtle, with waters protected by a Sea Serpent and skies by a Great Thunderbird. The People were compelled to settle there and they thrived for many generations.”
This totemic goodwill painting considers the ancestral migration allegory of the Seven Fires Prophecy while offering talismanic empowerment for those so embraced by its aura and meaning. Over eons the cyclic struggle between the Thunderbirds of the Skies and the Serpents of the Deep play out their dramas through all earthly forms, including humankind, yet at the centre of the cyclone all is well.
Comments about the painting, “Totemic Guardians of the Great Return”
Breath of the Spirit
acrylic on canvas, 44 x 60 inches, 2016.
This painting depicts the Woodland School conjured into being by the great creative spirit of the Northwest Coast.
“The spirit comes through you. It is a very powerful creative force, you see. You could be a singer, you could be a writer, you could be a painter, you could be anything if you allow that spirit to flow.”
Norval Morrisseau, 1997, Return to the House of Invention (Key Porter)
The House of Invention
acrylic and copper leaf on canvas, 50 x 60 inches, 2016
“I believe that when I sleep, I get out of my body and I roam all the universe. I go to the inner planes. I go to the source. I even dare say I go to the source where all the inventors of mankind go… to the House of Invention.”
“Before settlers and priests came from the Old World in Europe, the Native people all over America used their imaginations freely. There was a vast amount of culture. I believe the people were going to the House of Invention.” …
“We are very creative in the House of Invention. Artists go there themselves, or stumble across it, voluntarily go, or go and they don’t remember when they wake up. As well, writers go there and musicians of all kinds go there and pick up their sheet music, which they play when they are awake.” …
“Now music and art are very healing things for people. So we allow ourselves to become instruments or channels for the Inner Master or spirit, so that we may inspire others. I have done this. I have inspired maybe one hundred and fifty followers, two generations of people. Wouldn’t it be nice if they would start to do something with the power they have? Those of us who are able to pick up these things that I am talking about here should allow ourselves to be used so that we can bring down the ideas from the House of Invention.”
Norval Morrisseau, 1997, Travels to the House of Invention, (Key Porter)
Kundalini Spirit Fire
Original pen & ink sketch (inversion), 16″ x 20″. 2016
“The kundalini is classically recognized and portrayed as a feminine force. It effects awakening through balance and unity with the masculine aspect of consciousness. In classical yoga, it is the creative force (Shakti) that brings eternal consciousness (Shiva) into action and manifestation. However, this feminine force is not only, as Shakti, the complement, counterpart and consort of the masculine, its “other half”. As Parashakti, She also contains the masculine; in this highest form she is Wholeness itself, not only giving birth to, but containing and subsuming all duality. From a spiritual point of view, because she not only creates but contains and transcends all creation, she is the most immediate bridge to non-dual consciousness and is in fact co-existent with it. From a global point of view, because she reconciles immanence and transcendence, matter and spirit, unifying and healing all conflict and duality, it is her influence that is essential to heal the extreme fragmentation, competition and violence wrought through centuries of patriarchal divisiveness.”
Kavita Byrd from “Kundalini and the Role of the Feminine in Global Transformation.
2016, acrylic on canvas, 28″ x 54″
This painting was inspired by our June 2016 Algonquin canoe adventure. It considers the rite of passage where our children move on into their own lives. As parents we nurtured love in their hearts and we mourn the fact that our intimate time shared together has now past. We entrust their sacred little lives to the guidance and protection of Spirit. It’s so beautiful that just as our young ones move on, so too are we set free to explore and enjoy the wonder of it all for ourselves, as free spirits who were once parents.